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(Jerome Miron)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets haven't begun to clear the salary cap room they need to be active in free agency, so it remains to be seen just how active they will be. But they'll have to do something when the signing period opens on March 9 because they have plenty of needs.

So what will they do? Last week, I took a look at five free agents who could (or should) be on the Jets' radar at several positions. This week, I'll focus on the most important position -- quarterback. The Jets will likely at least look for a quarterback-of-the-future on the market. Whether they sign one might depend on the price.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is tackled by Buffalo Bills strong safety Aaron Williams after making a catch during the first half at New Era Field. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL offseason may be off to a slow start, but things are surely about to pick up with cuts and contract restructures on their way, and with the scouting combine just two weeks away.

With that in mind, here is our weekly look at some of the biggest questions facing the Jets, what's new about them, where they stand on finding an answer, and if any of the issues have changed.

1. Who is their quarterback?

They of course haven't answered this yet, but they did answer who'll be coaching the quarterbacks: new offensive coordinator John Morton and new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. Neither has an extensive resume at their current positions -- or really working with quarterbacks -- which is interesting if they're going to be entrusted with developing a young quarterback.

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) prepares to throw the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Ryan Fitzpatrick Era was never supposed to happen for the Jets, and it certainly never was expected to last two roller-coaster seasons. In the end, though, it was a wild ride that rescued a franchise in one of its darkest moments before leading it back into the darkness again.

For better or for worse, the Fitzpatrick Era officially ended on Friday when the contract that the 34-year-old quarterback signed last summer automatically voided. All that's left is a $5 million cap hit the Jets must endure during the 2017 season. And memories - more than a few good ones, and plenty of bad.

So was it worth it? That all depends on your perspective, how much your sights are set on the Jets' long-term future, and how much you value all the fun that was had in 2015 during the Jets' near-playoff-miss.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Aaron Doster)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Each week, SNY will put a current player, a position, or perhaps a draft or free agent target of the Jets in the spotlight as part of our regular offseason coverage. This week we begin with one of the potential quarterback options for the Jets -- and one with ties to their brand new quarterbacks coach:

QB Jay Cutler.

Tags: Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Now that the Super Bowl is over, the New York Jets can begin cleaning up the wreckage from their 5-11 season and start yet another rebuilding project. Despite being on the cusp of the playoffs a year ago, they seem farther away than ever now.

With that in mind, here are some of the biggest questions the Jets must answer this offseason. We'll check back in each week to see how they're doing, whether any of the questions have been answered, and whether any have changed:

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Clady, Sheldon Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets new OC 00:01:46
Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Jets hiring John Morton as their new offensive coordinator.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The New York Jets found a big piece to their offensive puzzle when they finally hired an offensive coordinator on Tuesday. But nothing they do really matters until they find a quarterback -- which remains the biggest piece of all.

That piece is going to be the real key to the success of John Morton, whom the Jets hired as offensive coordinator. Morton has never been a coordinator in the NFL, though he held that position at USC from 2009 to 2010. He was a wide receivers coach in San Francisco from 2011 to 2014 and again in New Orleans for the past two years.

It's somewhat alarming that he's never called plays in the NFL, but it's really surprising that the Jets had to go with an inexperienced coordinator to replace veteran Chan Gailey, who retired after two seasons on the job. The Jets' job wasn't exactly an attractive one, considering head coach Todd Bowles enters the 2017 season on the hot seat and the Jets don't have an obvious quarterback

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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(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 quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) sits on the bench after sustaining an injury against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

The Jets dismal 5-11 season left them heading into an offseason of uncertainty with a high draft pick and seemingly little hope. At the moment, there are far more questions about their plans and the future than there are acceptable answers.

But since you asked, I'll give it a shot anyway in the first offseason edition of my SNY Jets Twitter mailbag. Part I ran on Wednesday. Here, as promised, is Part II:

If we do select a qb in draft. Do we sign a vet and go with 4? Or who gets the out? -- @wendo2000

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Clady, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Michael Ainsworth/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

The Jets still don't know who their quarterback will be when the 2017 season begins, but the consensus inside their front office seems to be that whoever it is didn't finish the 2016 season on the roster. Their quarterback of the immediate future, at least, is likely to come from the outside.

Just who that will be is still unknown, and there are many options being considered, according to team sources. There is a lot of internal support for Mike Glennon, the 27-year-old Bucs backup who will become a free agent on March 9. But even if he emerges as the object of the Jets' desire, he could be prohibitively expensive. The Bills, Browns and 49ers all figure to be in the market for a quarterback. Maybe a few other teams, too, like the Bears.

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Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.  (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))
Aug 20, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) drops to throw a pass during the third quarter of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Reinhold Matay (USA Today))

The Jets are expected to have interest in Buccaneers backup quarterback Mike Glennon, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Glennon, 27, is an unrestricted free agent after playing behind Jamesis Winston the last two seasons in Tampa Bay.

As a starter, Glennon has a career record of 5-13.

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(USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Coming off a miserable season, the Jets are in a difficult offseason position. They don't project to have much cap room, at least until they start cutting some high-priced players. And whatever cap room they do create might have to be spent on the quarterback they so obviously and desperately need.

And since they'll have to replace many of the players they cut, they may not have much room to re-sign their own players. The good news, though, is coming off a miserable, 5-11 season it's not like they have a lot of unrestricted free agents they absolutely can't live without.

There are a couple worth bringing back, though. Here's a look at their list of free agents, and how hard they might try to re-sign them...

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Brian Winters, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Kellen Davis, Marcus Williams, Mike Catapano, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum
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(William Perlman/NJ Advance Media )

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said he was disappointed with the team's 5-11 finish this season, and wouldn't put a timetable on when they would be a perennial contender.

"We're obviously not happy with our record. But I do think we made some progress [with the youth]," Maccagnan told reporters while alluding to players such as OL Brandon Shell and CB Juston Burris. "We have some pieces we feel good about."

Maccagnan said he felt comfortable signing Ryan Fitzpatrick this past offseason, noting that all options -- internal and external -- will be on the table for 2017 at quarterback.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' future? 00:01:59
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano touch on various Jets topics including Todd Bowles job security, and the team's lack of chemistry in 2016.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Christian Hackenberg still hasn't taken a snap as the Jets quarterback, but he handled his first media firestorm without flinching at all.

The still unused second-rounder brushed off an ESPN report from Sunday that quoted an anonymous Jets coach saying Hackenberg regressed during his "redshirt" season and was so inaccurate that he "couldn't hit the ocean." Todd Bowles insisted that assessment was "not at all" true.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Christian Hackenberg will swap his sweats for shoulder pads and a helmet on the New York Jets' sideline Sunday.

That actually counts as progress for the rookie quarterback, who'll be active for a regular-season game for the first time in his NFL career.

While some fans and media spent the last several days clamoring for Todd Bowles to start Hackenberg instead of Ryan Fitzpatrick in the season finale against Buffalo , the second-round pick out of Penn State will remain patient and wait for his turn to play.

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(David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

Latest Update (Dec. 29)

Jets QB Bryce Petty will have surgery on the torn labrum in his left shoulder next week, head coach Todd Bowles said.

There is no timetable yet on Petty's recovery.

Previous Reports (Dec. 26)

The Jets placed Petty on injured reserve after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder during Saturday's loss to the Patriots.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It defies explanation and most common sense that the Jets drafted a quarterback in the second round and, in a season where they became desperate at the position, decided to never use him. 

Two of their four quarterbacks got hurt. Another got benched. And still, Christian Hackenberg spent the whole time on the sidelines.

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Fitzpatrick to start Sunday 00:03:00
The DNL panel discusses the Jets' decision to have Ryan Fitzpatrick in at starting quarterback for the game this Sunday against Buffalo.

The Jets will start Ryan Fitzpatrick over Christian Hackenberg at quarterback during their final game of the season Sunday against the Bills, head coach Todd Bowles announced.

Bowles said "he was the backup, now he's the starter" when asked why he chose Fitzpatrick over Hackenberg, later noting that Bryce Petty -- who suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Saturday -- had four games to prepare to be the starter.

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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Bryce Petty practiced fully for the second straight day on Wednesday and the Jets quarterback will gets his first career start against the New England Patriots on Saturday.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles declared Petty ready to go and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said he "looks like he's throwing the ball OK in practice." That's all a bit of a surprise given the crushing hit he took last Saturday night from Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh in the Jets' loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

Brian Bassett, theJetsBlog.com:

Welcome to the Bryce Petty era of the New York Jets, Bent! Exciting times ahead!!! Jets head coach Todd Bowles said after last week's game that the next four games that the plan was going to be about Petty … since … I guess the Jet brass finally realized they were terrible.

My question is … is four games enough to know what Petty is? You could see him learning some lessons the more he played on Monday night, but is that enough time for the Jets to see if Bryce Petty is a worthwhile long-term solution? 

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Vacchiano: Petty takes over 00:05:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve as New York's backup quarterback for the remainder of the season, while rookie QB Christian Hackenberg will not play unless starting QB Bryce Petty suffers an injury, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Tuesday.

Bowles named Petty the starting quarterback following Monday night's embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Colts, relegating Fitzpatrick to the backup role.

When asked if the rookie quarterback would see any playing time this season, Bowles was quick to say only an injury would lead to Hackenberg taking the field.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Bowles and Petty on ugly loss 00:01:43
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and Quarterback Bryce Petty discuss the Jets' lopsided 41-10 loss against the Colts.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles named Bryce Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, barring injury, after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through Monday's 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Bowles said he planned to name Petty the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the year regardless of what happened Monday, adding that Fitzpatrick's ineffectiveness -- 5-for-12, 81 yards, no touchdowns and one interception -- in the loss to the Colts did not factor into the decision.

Petty completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as he replaced Fitzpatrick for the second half, entering a 31-3 game. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said young quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg need to get all the reps they can get to continue to develop.

Though the Jets have decided to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Gailey said Petty "needs all of the work he can get," according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

"It helps to play in games. ... The probability in games, you've got a lot better idea of what's going to happen," Gailey said. "In practice, you only have about a 75 percent probability of how they're going to be, how they're to play, and how they're going to progress."

Petty has started just one game -- a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 -- this season before head coach Todd Bowles opted to make Fitzpatrick, who led New York to 10 wins last season, the starter again.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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(Robert Deutsch)

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

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

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New England Patriots linebacker Jonathan Freeny causes New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to fumble during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did not say whether or not Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the New England Patriots, would be the team's Week 13 starting quarterback.

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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Bowles 00:01:25
Jets coach Todd Bowles explains his decision to start Ryan Fitzpatrick over Bryce Petty and what his team needs to do to beat the Patriots.

Latest Update

1:35PM: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is healthy and will start on Sunday against the New England Patriots, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday.

"He's been our starter," Bowles said. "I don't see anything that would change that right now... We can do more things with him. I don't give away jobs."

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Jets close to solution at QB? 00:05:47
The Jets Nation crew evaluates the future of the Jets' quarterback situation and Todd Bowles' performance in his second year.

With the Jets sitting at 3-7 and in last place in the AFC East, the question still remains about who should take over as quarterback for the rest of the season. 

The Jets Nation crew took a look at the three possibilities and the disappointing season the Jets have had from the position. 

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the game against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the game against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The optimism of last season is all gone now for the Jets. They are stuck with a season spiraling out of control and a roster that may soon be dramatically changing. GM Mike Maccagnan insists he has a long-term plan to rebuild the floundering franchise.

And that plan should absolutely include coach Todd Bowles.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Matt Forte, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets close to solution at QB? 00:05:47
The Jets Nation crew evaluates the future of the Jets' quarterback situation and Todd Bowles' performance in his second year.

Dak Prescott has quarterbacked the Dallas Cowboys to an 8-1 start, the best record in the NFC, in a season when four rookie quarterbacks have already made their NFL debuts and a fifth is on tap for this weekend. Cody Kessler made seven more-than-respectable starts for the awful Browns. Jacoby Brissett wasn't bad in his two starts for the New England Patriots, either.

Meanwhile Christian Hackenberg, who was drafted long before any of those three, remains seated on the Jets' bench with no indication that his NFL debut is imminent. He was a second-round pick, taken 51st overall, 40 picks ahead of Brissett, 42 ahead of Kessler, and 84 ahead of Prescott.

The fact that the Jets don't think he's ready to play yet is, to say the least, alarming. And it's fair to ask: Did the Jets get this pick wrong?

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Jets vets or younger players? 00:01:46
Mike Maccagnan discusses the Jets' plan to play veterans or younger players after an ugly start to the season.

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the weird world of the Jets, Mike Maccagnan doesn't have the power to order Todd Bowles to stick with Bryce Petty at quarterback, and he insisted he wouldn't do that even if he could.

But he should. And so should Jets owner Woody Johnson. For the sake of the Jets' future, if Todd Bowles decides to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick, Maccagnan and Johnson have to step in and tell him no.

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Should the Jets trade for Romo? 00:02:04
Marc and Jon kick the tires on what Tony Romo to the Jets might look like, in light of Dak Prescott being named the starter in Dallas.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been relegated to backup duty, and the Jets are one of the teams who could make sense for him next season, writes Adam Schefter of ESPN.

"Ryan Fitzpatrick will not return in 2017, Schefter writes. "Christian Hackenberg might not be ready by then and owner Woody Johnson loves to make a splash (see: Brett Farve."

Aside from Hackenberg, the Jets have Bryce Petty -- who made his first NFL start on Sunday -- on the roster.

Romo, 36, is under contract through 2019, with annual cap hits of roughly $25 million.

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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)

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) prior to action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

It's Ryan Fitzpatrick or bust for the Jets, as far as Todd Bowles is concerned - even though this season has already turned out to be an enormous bust.

Never mind that, though. Bowles, in a decision that is nearly impossible to justify given the current state of the franchise, insisted on Monday that he will stick with the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick at quarterback if he's able to play on his sprained left knee. And don't try to tell Bowles that this season is over, that it's more important to see if the 25-year-old Bryce Petty can be the Jets' quarterback of the future.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called for a timeout after being injured on a play during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called for a timeout after being injured on a play during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has a sprained MCL in his left knee and is day-to-day, head coach Todd Bowles said Monday.

If Fitzpatrick is unable to play Sunday, Bryce Petty would start in his place.

The injury temporarily forced him out of Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick made headlines a little over a week ago for a postgame rant that claimed the Jets organization had given up on him. When asked about this claim on Tuesday morning, WR Quincy Enunwa told NFL Network's Good Morning Football that he understands Fitzpatrick's frustration."He was hurt, and I don't blame him," Enunwa said about his quarterback. "When they crown you as the starter, you don't ever want to lose your spot, no matter how bad you're playing. And so I don't blame him for being hurt, I don't blame him for saying what he said. But I definitely don't think they lost faith in him. I think they believe in him. We're playing with him. We all believe in him. He's our quarterback now, and we're going to do our best to help him out."

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(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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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles said rookie quarterback Christian Hackenberg is "not too far behind" second-year quarterback Bryce Petty for the backup quarterback role after Geno Smith suffered a season-ending torn ACL last week.

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GEICO SportsNite: Fitz's backup 00:02:03
GEICO SportsNite speculates who the Jets will have backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick in Cleveland against the Browns.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles has decided on who will be the team's No. 2 quarterback but will not announce the decision yet, he told reporters Friday. Bowles said he first needs to talk about the move with the other coaches on his staff.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to reporters on Monday. Here's what he had to say:

  • QB Geno Smith suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Ravens and will be out for the remainder of the season.
  • "It's tough luck for the kid," said Bowles. "He caught a bad break two years in a row. I'm sure he'll bounce back from it, but it's a tough part of the business."
  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will retake the starting QB position as he is the team's "best option to go in and win this week."
  • "I know Fitz and I know what he means. I have no problem with him venting his frustrations," Bowles said about his quarterback's comments after yesterday's game about the team giving up on him. "If pissed off is going to stop the turnovers, I'm more than happy to have him play pissed off."
  • He is comfortable with QB Bryce Petty playing, but Petty still needs more practice time after getting only two weeks of reps in following a month off with an injury. 
  • The coaching staff will decide by the end of the week who will serve as Fitzpatrick's backup, with Petty and rookie QB Christian Hackenberg being the two choices.
  • There is no chance the Jets have three QBs active on Sunday against Cleveland.
  • C Nick Mangold has a "normal" ankle sprain and will be evaluated as the week goes on.
  • LB Bruce Carter has a quad injury and is day-to-day.
  • He'll have to see how DL Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) is feeling on Wednesday before determing whether or not the defensive lineman might play on Sunday.
Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Geno Smith's torn ACL made the Jets' decision a little easier on Monday, but it still doesn't change the long-term reality of their quarterback mess. Ryan Fitzpatrick may have to be their starter for now, but he still isn't their quarterback of the future.So the sooner they get Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg into some games, the better off their franchise will be.They can't go to either of those two young quarterbacks right now, and it's important to understand that. That's why they're turning back to the 33-year-old Fitzpatrick less than a week after making it pretty clear they didn't want him to be their quarterback anymore.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Brandon Marshall knows what everyone thinks about Geno Smith. He knows the critiques of his erratic performance as a starter. He knows the questions about his maturity after the infamous I.K Enemkpali punch. He knows many aren't sure if Smith can really be an NFL quarterback.And he knows this is a huge opportunity for his friend to prove everybody wrong."I haven't been through a quarterback change like this where we have a guy that's our No. 2 guy that's really talented," Marshall said. "The thing that Geno needed to learn, which he did, is not about anything football. It's about coming into work every single day and being consistent."I think the person who benefitted the most from this last year and a half has been Geno. It's been amazing to see this guy grow and really punch adversity in the face."

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bryce Petty (Bill Streicher - USA Today)
Bryce Petty (Bill Streicher - USA Today)

The Jets have replaced starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with Geno Smith, who will make his first start of the season Sunday against the Ravens.Despite having four quarterbacks on the active roster, head coach Todd Bowles said only Smith was considered to replace Fitzpatrick, citing a lack of practice time from Bryce Petty and the inexperience of rookie Christian Hackenberg as his reasoning. Petty, 25, was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Baylor."Bryce (Petty) has only practiced for a week and Hack's (Christian Hackenberg) not ready. It was Geno or Fitz," said Bowles. "He needs to practice a good bit. He needs to practice a good bit and get some reps. A week coming back after over a month, he needs to practice a little while."

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tim Reilly
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Bowles on starting Geno at QB 00:02:06
Todd Bowles discusses his decision to start Geno Smith at quarterback over Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Ravens on Sunday.

Head coach Todd Bowles addressed the media on Wednesday, focusing on Geno Smith replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback. Here is what we learned...The offense has been "stagnant" so a change in quarterbacks could be beneficial. It was only Bowles' decision to change quarterbacks.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Smith to be named Jets' starter 00:07:36
Breaking News: Ralph Vacchiano calls in ahead of the Jets' announcement that Geno Smith will start at quarterback Sunday.

More than a decade ago, on the day the Eli Manning Era began for the Giants, Kurt Warner stood at his locker and made a good case for why his benching needed to be permanent. Once a team made the move from a veteran quarterback, he said, they needed to give the younger one every possible chance to succeed.That's why the Ryan Fitzpatrick Era has to be completely over now for the Jets. It's Geno Smith's team now -- or at least for now -- and for better and sometimes for worse.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Smith to be named Jets' starter 00:07:36
Breaking News: Ralph Vacchiano calls in ahead of the Jets' announcement that Geno Smith will start at quarterback Sunday.

This is a last-ditch effort to salvage the season by a desperate team, and it's also the only move that the Jets could make to try and turn things around. But it comes with a bonus: A chance for them to maybe get a head start on planning for 2017.First things first: Let's face it, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been terrible. Sure, there have been extenuating circumstances, and Todd Bowles was right to blame the offensive line for a lot of them on Monday night in Arizona. But for most of the season - and definitely on Monday night - Fitzpatrick has just been off. His throws have been off target, his decisions have been bad and unbelievably he's thrown 10 fourth-quarter interceptions and no fourth-quarter touchdowns this season. With numbers and film like that, this quarterback change won't be difficult to sell to the veterans on the team.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) celebrates his 44-yard touchdown pass with tackle Ben Ijalana (71) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) celebrates his 44-yard touchdown pass with tackle Ben Ijalana (71) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline)

Quarterback Bryce Petty has a sore right shoulder but an MRI revealed no structural damage, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday


Update, 3:15 p,m.: Bowles said Petty will not immediately be placed on injured reserved.

Previous reports

Petty exited Thursday night's game against the Eagles after the first quarter with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Christian Hackenberg

Petty threw a 44-yard touchdown to WR Robby Anderson but left the game after getting injured on the play. He was 4-for-6 for 87 passing yards before leaving in the game for Hackenberg. 

Although the Jets listed Petty as probable to return, he did not come back into the game. 

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg

 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles isn't even going to pretend this is an important preseason game for the Jets. He's already said he'll sit both Ryan Fitzpatrick and his backup, Geno Smith. You can bet they'll be without receiver Brandon Marshall (hip) and a whole bunch of other starters, too.

So what's left to watch when the Jets travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles in their final preseason game Thursday night?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Charone Peake, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

The two young guys will be under center for the New York Jets' preseason finale.

Coach Todd Bowles announced that "probably" both second-year quarterback Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg will play against Philadelphia on Thursday night, with backup Geno Smith sitting out.

Bowles had said on Monday that he wasn't sure if Smith would also play, but ultimately decided he wanted to give the inexperienced quarterbacks game action. Smith, a former starter for the Jets, is expected to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick for the second consecutive season.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media on Monday in advance of the team's preseason finale on Thursday. He said:

  • He does not have a set timetable for when LB David Harris, who suffered a "bad bruise" on his right shoulder in Saturday's preseason game against the New York Giants, will be ready to return to the field.
  • He believes the competition at right tackle between Brent Qvale and Ben Ijalana is "even right now." Both are expected to play on Thursday.
  • The team has not yet named a starter at outside linebacker.
  • He does not think rookie LB Jordan Jenkins will play on Thursday due to a calf injury.
  • He has not decided whether or not the Jets will play two or three quarterbacks on Thursday.
  • Cornerback Dee Milliner did not practice due to a sore hamstring. Linebacker Bruce Carter did not practice due to a sore shoulder.
  • Wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Kenbrell Thompkins, who did not play Saturday due to a concussion and groin injury, respectively, both practiced on Monday. 
  • Cornerback Dexter McDougle is battling a hamstring injury. 
  • He thought rookie QB Christian Hackenberg handled his preseason debut "pretty good" after throwing for 105 yards, one touchdown and one interception on 6-for-16 passing.
Tags: Ben Ijalana, Brent Qvale, Christian Hackenberg, David Harris, Dee Milliner, Dexter McDougle, Jordan Jenkins, Quincy Enunwa

New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) looks to pass against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

BGA is back...and this time it's preseasonal (again)!

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night's preseason game, focusing on the offense including a long awaited rookie debut, more interesting developments in the battle at the wide receiver positions and some struggles at tackle, but perhaps not on the side you'd expect.

Quarterbacks

Tags: Christian Hackenberg
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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Battle of the Backups remains the most intriguing thing about an otherwise quiet Jets camp this summer. With stability almost everywhere when it comes to the starting lineup, there's still nothing but uncertainty on the depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick.

And it seems doubtful if there'll be much more clarity after the game against the Giants on Saturday.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Jace Amaro, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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