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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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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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New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets offensive lineman Brian Winters (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update (Jan. 17)

12:15PM: Winters received a four-year, $29 million contract extension, including $15 million guaranteed, according to Dan Graziano of ESPN

The $15 million guaranteed is the tenth-largest guarantee for a guard.

Tags: Antonio Allen, Ben Ijalana, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Geno Smith, James Carpenter, Kellen Davis, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tanner Purdum, Wesley Johnson
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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J - Head coach Todd Bowles may be back for another season with the Jets, but it looks like one of his coordinators -- and possibly both of them -- might not be back with him.

The jobs of offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers are in jeopardy and will be discussed when Bowles meets with Jets management and his coaching staff this week, according to a team source. 

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Geno Smith, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Ralph Vacchiano
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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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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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Bryce Petty on his game plan 00:02:05
Jeane Coakley interviews Bryce Petty to discuss his game plan for the week and how he's handling his role on the Jets this season.

With Geno Smith suffering a season-ending injury and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick performing at an inconsistent level, while nursing a knee injury of his own, it could soon be Bryce Petty's time under center for the Jets.

While serving as the second- and third-string quarterback this season, Petty has continued to keep the same mindset in his preparation all year.

"For me, my game plan hasn't changed. It really hasn't changed since I got here,' said Petty to SNY's Jeane Coakley. "Last year I prepared like I was the starter and if that opportunity presents itself than you're ready.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tim Reilly
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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 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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) reacts on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-17. Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In anticipation of this weekend's blockbuster showdown with the Cleveland Browns, we had questions that needed answers. What's wrong with my team? Can they get over on another team that is clearly as (or maybe more?) unfortunate than my own? Is it wrong to have an existential crisis over a football team?Living in the heart of the South, it's not always easy to find kindred spirits so in touch with their misery of fandom. As a result, I often find myself bemoaning my team's fate to other likeminded fans. One such fan and good friend is Pat Leonard. Pat just started writing this year for one of my favorite blogs of all time, the Cleveland-centric Waiting For Next Year. I asked Pat five questions about the Browns, and I then had him ask five questions of his own about the Jets. Read Pat's reciprocal post on WFNY and stop by to say hello in the comments. WFNY and their readers are good eggs.

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon, Brian Bassett
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Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte celebrate a touchdown late in first half against Baltimore. (Bill Kostroun - USA Today)
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Forte celebrate a touchdown late in first half against Baltimore. (Bill Kostroun - USA Today)

Brandon Marshall was all decked out in a bright green T-shirt that read "FitzMagic 2.0," so count him among the believers in Ryan Fitzpatrick.So that makes two.From what Fitzpatrick can see, there still aren't many others - as he said in his controversial postgame comments on Sunday, which he didn't exactly back down from on Wednesday afternoon. The only difference this time was that he slightly softened his stance after talking with Todd Bowles, GM Mike Maccagnan and even owner Woody Johnson.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches game from sideline during second half against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith watches game from sideline during second half against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Jets have placed QB Geno Smith on injured reserve and signed LB Taiwan Jones, the team announced Wednesday. Smith, who started Sunday's Week 7 matchup against the Ravens, suffered a tear in the ACL of his right knee during the second quarter and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick. In his first start since Week 17 in 2014, Smith was 4-for-8 for 95 yards and also threw for one touchdown.

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Bowles, Geno on the win 00:02:12
Todd Bowles and Geno Smith discuss the Jets' 24-16 win against the Ravens on Sunday in the Meadowlands.

Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath criticized Geno Smith for not returning to the game after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium.

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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Bowles 00:01:37
Todd Bowles laments Geno Smith's ACL injury and addresses Ryan Fitzpatrick's recent outburst about the organization's lack of faith in him.

Todd Bowles discusses the latest on Geno Smith and reacts to the recent comments made by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of their game against the Baltimore Ravens at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets' quarterback mess got all the headlines last week and again on Sunday, and that's certainly understandable. And it's a shame for Geno Smith that his big chance to revive his career ended in less than a half.But Smith, like Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely wouldn't have figured into the Jets' future regardless. So here's the real shame of what happened on Sunday for the Jets:If the rest of their team had played all season like they played in their 24-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens, they probably wouldn't have needed to switch quarterbacks at all and they wouldn't be sitting in this 2-5 hole.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Eric Decker, Geno Smith, Leonard Williams, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson
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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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Geno Smith (7) runs with the ball while being defended by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan (99). (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)
Geno Smith (7) runs with the ball while being defended by Baltimore Ravens defensive end Timmy Jernigan (99). (Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets QB Geno Smith has a torn ACL in his right knee, a source confirmed to SNY.tv's Ralph Vacchiano. Smith plans to get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN, though it's expected that his season is over.Ian Rapoport reported earlier Monday that the Jets believed Smith's knee was fine and that the MRI was being done as a precaution.Smith left Sunday's win against the Ravens in the second quarter after injuring his right knee and was replaced by Ryan Fitzpatrick, who he had recently unseated as the starting quarterback.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Bowles, Geno on the win 00:02:12
Todd Bowles and Geno Smith discuss the Jets' 24-16 win against the Ravens on Sunday in the Meadowlands.

Ryan Fitzpatrick replaces an injured Geno Smith and rallies the Jets to a 24-16 win over the Ravens.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)

With Ryan Fitzpatrick struggling, Geno Smith is set to get the start for the Jets Sunday against the Ravens, but NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Smith could get an extended look as New York's top quarterback. According to Rapoport, with the Jets already sitting at 1-5, head coach Todd Bowles could stick with Smith for the long haul to see what he can do at the position.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Ravens-Jets 00:03:22
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets' victory on Sunday vs. the Baltimore Ravens.

THE GAME: The Baltimore Ravens (3-3) at the Jets (1-5) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Oct. 23, 1 p.m. ET.THE WEATHER: After the cold, wind and rain blow through on Saturday, the forecast for Sunday calls for a gorgeous fall day - lots of sun and temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s.WHAT IT MEANS: For the 2016 Jets? Nothing. They're burnt toast. For the 2017 Jets? Maybe a lot. For Geno Smith? Everything. This is all about Smith and the Jets' quarterback situation now. It's the beginning of what likely will be a decent stretch of games where he'll have the chance to prove that he either belongs in the conversation about the Jets' 2017 quarterback or that he's good enough to play (and maybe start) somewhere else. The result probably doesn't really matter much. It's all about how Smith plays.

Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Geno Smith, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
		Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 16, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…The Jets head home tomorrow for a matchup between two teams desperate for a win. The Baltimore Ravens began the year 3-0, but have lost three games since, including a loss to the Giants at MetLife Stadium last week. All six of their games have been decided by six points or fewer, so they could conceivably be anything from 0-6 to 6-0. The Ravens have dominated the Jets over the years, losing only the first-ever meeting between the team in 1997 and winning all eight since then. That included a 19-3 win over a Jets team quarterbacked by Geno Smith in 2013. Smith makes his return to the Jets' starting line-up tomorrow.

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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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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) reacts after being benched in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) reacts after being benched in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Jets 28-3. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, now the team's backup, told reporters Wednesday that he will respect the decision to start Geno Smith made by head coach Todd Bowles, although he is not pleased with it. Fitzpatrick struggled again in Monday night's loss to the Cardinals, throwing his 11th interception of the year and failing to throw a touchdown.

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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.

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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 Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) looks to pass during the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets plan to name Geno Smith their new starting quarterback today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.Smith takes over for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who after having a career year last season, struggled mightily in the Jets' first six games this season.Smith saw his first action of the season on Monday when he entered the game in place of Fitzpatrick with the Jets already down 28-3 to the Cardinals. Smith went 4-for-6 for 31 yards and an interception on his only drive, and also fumbled a ball that was recovered by New York.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Bowles 00:00:58
Jets head coach Todd Bowles speaks about who will be this weekend's starting quarterback for the New York Jets.

Ryan Fitzpatrick might not start at quarterback Sunday against the Ravens, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday during a conference call.Bowles indicated that Sunday's starter would be decided during a meeting on Tuesday night.Tuesday's stance is a reversal for Bowles, who said after Sunday's game that Fitzpatrick -- who was removed in favor of Geno Smith in the middle of the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to the Cardinals -- would start against the Ravens.

Tags: Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) leaves the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) leaves the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Prior to Monday night's loss to the Arizona Cardinals, Jets QB Geno Smith indicated his displeasure about remaining behind QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to ESPN's Lisa Salters."I'm getting antsy," Smith said to Salters.With Fitzpatrick under center, the Jets punted on seven of their first eight drives against Arizona, with the lone exception being a 39-yard field goal from Nick Folk. On the ninth drive, Fitzpatrick led the Jets down the field, only to throw an interception in the end zone.

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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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 (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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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) talks with New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) following the game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) talks with New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) following the game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

It doesn't take much to get fans nervous, and the mysterious hip issue that kept Brandon Marshall out of the lineup. That doesn't appear serious, but it was a reminder that the Jets offense - while potent - is really reliant on Marshall and Eric Decker being available (and good).

There are other weapons, of course. Matt Forte looked terrific on Saturday night in his Jets debut, but he's a 30-year-old running back coming off a hamstring issue, which is reason to worry. Tight end Jace Amaro is still banged up and still hasn't developed into what he was expected to be. And Quincy Enunwa, the third receiver, has been out with a concussion.

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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.

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The Jets have had discussions with other teams about trading Geno Smith or Bryce Petty, reports Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

Mehta notes that there is "soft interest" in Smith around the league and that the calls the Jets have taken are part of a routine process in advance of final cuts.

Smith served as the primary backup for starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants.

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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.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith passes in front of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith passes in front of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

Geno Smith is still No. 2 for the New York Jets.

After previously being vague about the situation a few days ago, coach Todd Bowles said Smith will play after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night.

"You always prepare the same way," Smith said after practice Wednesday. "It's really no different. I'm just continuing to work hard."

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(Brad Mills)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • Geno Smith will back up Ryan Fitzpatrick during Saturday's game.
  • Bowles will try to get Bryce Petty into the game on Saturday but it's "hard to get a gauge" on whether he'll play.
  • Jace Amaro, Kyle Williams, Jordan Jenkins, and Kenbrell Thompkins were all held out of practice on Wednesday.
  • Quincy Enunwa is still going through the concussion protocol.
  • He's hopeful that both Matt Forte and Muhammad Wilkerson will be able to play on Saturday.
  • The starters will play at least the entire first half on Saturday.
  • Buster Skrine and Brian Winters have been the most improved players in camp.
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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

In this week's episode of The JetsBlog Podcast, former Jets linebacker and current SNY analyst Chad Cascadden said he's disappointed in how Geno Smith has progressed during his four-year career.

"He should be more polished than he is," Cascadden explained. "I don't see any difference between what I see in practice and what I see on the field, because it's the same thing. From what time to time he's accurate and then other times he's completely inaccurate and doesn't hit receivers when he's supposed to.

"It's been four years and you shouldn't be doing that any more. It's the same thing everytime," he continued. "I'm just not seeing that improvement that you would expect from a guy with 20-something starts under his belt."

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GECIO Sportsnite: Bowles on QB's 00:00:57
Todd Bowles and Bryce Petty discuss the continued talk surrounding the backup quarterback competition.

The New York Jets might have a budding backup quarterback controversy.

Todd Bowles declined to say Sunday whether Geno Smith remained the team's No. 2 QB behind Ryan Fitzpatrick or if Bryce Petty has surpassed him on the depth chart.

The Jets coach said earlier in training camp that there was no change in the pecking order, but Petty had a strong showing in New York's 22-18 loss at Washington on Friday night. Meanwhile, Smith struggled in the game and appeared to perhaps lose his stranglehold on the backup job.

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The Jets travel to Washington on Friday night to face the Redskins in their second preseason game, with the starters expected to see a little extended action, probably into the second quarter.

What remains unknown is if a couple of recovering starters -- DE Muhammad Wilkerson (leg) and RB Matt Forte (hamstring) in particular -- will make their summer debuts.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

FLORHAM PARK, NJ -- The Jets got a huge surprise on Wednesday when running back Matt Forte jumped into team drills for the first time since the start of camp. He looked completely unaffected by the hamstring injury that has kept him on the sideline and even flashed some unexpected speed.

That was a boost to the first team offense as the Jets held their final practice before they travel to Washington where they'll play the Redskins in their second preseason game on Friday. It seems to be a longshot that Forte will play, but at least he was finally back on the field.

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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)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

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.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) stretches during practice at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (Noah K. Murray)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

The Jets are a 10-win team coming off a near-miss of the playoffs and returning most of their key players. Maybe that's why there are so few questions - or question marks - about their starters or the core of their team.

That never stops the worrying, though, especially after watching the backup quarterbacks perform (or not) in the first preseason game. That seems to be a big concern of Jets fans - which makes sense, considering neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Geno Smith are under contract for next season, making the "quarterback of the future" situation unclear.

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New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith scrambles during the second half of the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA Today Sports Images)

Who's No. 2? Well, there's no debate for Todd Bowles and the New York Jets.

The coach says Geno Smith remains the backup quarterback behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, with Bryce Petty in the third spot on the team's depth chart.

"Geno's No. 2 right now," Bowles said Saturday after a steamy practice. "You're not making a competition after one preseason game."

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After a tough start, Geno Smith settled down and finished 8-for-14 for 79 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
After a tough start, Geno Smith settled down and finished 8-for-14 for 79 yards, including a 17-yard TD pass. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Exactly one year after the infamous "sucker punch" that broke his jaw and defined his young career, Geno Smith took his first steps back towards salvaging his reputation. And they were shaky steps, taken at first in a drizzle of boos.

But at least they were in the right direction.

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