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Welcome to BGA Extra, where I draw a line under the previous weekend's game by responding to your questions from BGA during the week. After the jump, I respond to your questions about Sunday's game against the Cardinals. If you would like your questions answered in future, remember to read my BGA game breakdowns every Monday and leave your question in the comments section.

damionWhat's the Jets record when they rush for over 150 yards? I bet it's pretty good. What's that called again? Ground and pound!!!

They are just 2-0 (Colts and Cards games). To add to your point about them giving up that many yards though, they've lost four in a row when teams run for 150 yards against them. However, they won their first two games of the year giving up that much yardage (Bills and Dolphins).

a57seThere were two penalties that greatly aided the Jets in the second half - (a) the unneccessary roughness call when McElroy scrambled for a few yards I thought was ticky tack and surprised the Jets got that call; and (b) The PI on the ball McElroy threw up for grabs and was picked off. While the CB did grab Hill for a split second, I thought Hill did a good job of selling that one...two questions for you, What did you think about the calls? And, if Hill wasn't grabbed by the defender, would the ball still have been a pick?

On the first play, while I've seen those not called before, I think most of the time you would get that call. I think the determining factor was not that he was over the sideline, but that he shoved him with force into the sideline area. You nearly always get the call in that situation, rightly or wrongly. Was it "necessary"? I say no, so that's one I definitely agree with.

As for the Hill penalty, that's a definite penalty in my view. Without question I think the defender impeded Hill's progress which by the letter of the law is holding, or even pass interference. I don't think he "sold it" at all, the stumble was directly caused by the grab from the defender. However, the call on the field was illegal contact, which I disagree with due to the fact that the contact was within five yards. Officials have been getting those mixed up all year, especially when the replacements were in.

Would it have been picked? No way. As you can see, Hill was only a step off when the ball was caught by the defender, so without stumbling, he'd have arrived first and maybe even had a good shot at contesting and coming up with the catch. You can't fault McElroy on the play because he released the pass at the exact moment the stumble occured, so he'd have thrown it exactly where he intended to. He perhaps could have done a better job of looking off the deep safety though, if you want me to nitpick.

JetsFaninNCI dunno if anyone will see this, but I wonder how physically well Sanchez has been. Besides that low back thing, I just don't like the look in his eye... just looks a little "not all there" to me. Maybe I'm imagining it. Anyone with me on that, or am I really imagining it?

I noticed last year that he didn't seem to be as enthusiastic, so that seems to have carried over. You can tell the weight of the world is on his shoulders. He's approaching Wayne Hunter territory in terms of irreparable damage.

SackDance99When McElroy came in, the Jets ran the same counter twice and it seemed to require QB footwork that G-Mac ran to perfection. Did Sanchez also limit what the Jets could do in the running game?

I don't know if I ever saw Sanchez exhibit poor footwork in terms of handing the ball off, but this was a well designed play, working off a developed tendency. At the time, I had thought that McElroy screwed up the handoff, because he handed it off in such a way that the running back did not have the option to cut to the left. However, on closer inspection, the initial fake is to the fullback up the middle, then he breaks to the outside as a lead blocker and the QB turns to hand the ball off to the running back heading off tackle. Brandon Moore pulled outside and made a kickout block, while everyone else blocked straight ahead with the guys on the right side setting the edge. The Jets have run plenty of these off-tackle runs with two guys pulling, but a FB/RG combination was a different wrinkle. The second play was the same, apart from the fact that the extra tight end was on the left this time, so Austin Howard was the primary edge-setter rather than the extra tight end.

a57seThere was one run by Powell that was blocked as well as any Jets run I've seen this season, it was on the first McElroy possesion and it went for 17 yards, they ran the same play later in the drive and Powell got 10 yards down to the Cards 4 yard line. Where has that blocking been?

Yes, that's the same one(s). The run blocking has slowly been coming along all year, but on those two plays it was Lex Hilliard who made the key lead block. He's been particularly inconsistent, so for him that's a valid question.

tsjc68I think on the second run there, kudos go to Jason Smith for a nice interior kick-out block (if I'm remembering the play correctly). He's rounding into shape, perhaps. I'm curious to see if we can bring him back on the cheap, his market has to still be pretty depressed. He's a great 6th lineman, IMO.

It was actually Moore who made the interior kick out block (both times) but Smith did set the edge really well, turning his guy back to the inside, on the first of those two runs. He's been pretty inconsistent, but that's to be expected from a guy coming into and out of the game at irregular intervals. When Hunter and Robert Turner used to have a similar role, they were just as inconsistent. I don't expect him to get much more than the minimum next season, wherever he goes.

R in CTDo you sleep?

Not very often.

Dave TNHow about a breakdown of England's destruction of the All Blacks on Saturday? Too bad it was unable to be watched on this side of the Atlantic due to greed and incompetence.

As a sign of how busy I've been, I never got to see it! That was a bizarre performance that seemed to come from nowhere.

NickAre you sure it wasn't watchable on this side of the Atlantic out of, you know, non-existent interest?

Ouch.

Jason FitzgeraldOn Vlad- Check last weeks tape if you can. I thought last week they actually moved into the every 4th series deal but then it was thrown off when Moore went out. I could have sworn he didn't enter until series 4 against New England.

Last week was completely different, as I noted in BGA - "They had a slightly different rotation for Ducasse this week. He didn’t play at all in the first half, but entered the game on the second possession of the second half at left guard (as the Jets drove down to the one and then failed to punch it in). The starters returned for the next series, but then Ducasse replaced Moore at right guard for the rest of the game, including one of the touchdown drives."

I had assumed that this was a one-off adjustment in response to how the game was spiraling out of control, but we'll have to keep an eye on it.

tishA few quickies: (1) Has the overall quality of Davis shown any real improvement? (2) How can Ellis show any improvement when he is in for a handful of plays? (3) Even though McElroy threw only a few passes, none of them looked like they were thrown with a noodle arm? He obviously lacks the zip of the real gunners, but does Sanchez' arm strength appear that much stronger? (4) How much of the Jets low sack total is attributable to the scheme rather than a lack of players who generate that special pressure?

(1) As I wrote in BGA, his playing time and performances have been so irregular that he's hard to evaluate, but he's shown flashes. He's always looked good as a pass rusher, looks better than he did in preseason in the running game and while he hasn't been great in coverage, I'd expect that to be something that improves as he gets more comfortable. He's still not nearly as good as Bart Scott though, so he needs to ascend more quickly to be ready for next year. (2) I was impressed with Ellis earlier in the year, but right now (especially if he's still limited by his knee issue), the veterans are more reliable than he is and for a head coach whose continued employment might depend on his end of year record, winning games is a priority over developing youngsters right now. (3) He had adequate zip on each of his throws, but wasn't really under pressure, so it's difficult to compare those throws where he steps into the throw or throws it on the run to some of Sanchez's throws, like his initial interception off his back foot. (4) Part of it is that teams know that pressure is coming, so getting rid of the ball quickly is more of a focus than it would be for a team with a vanilla pass rush that didn't blitz often. That still means it's having a positive effect because you can set trap coverages or benefit from the ball being thrown away before a route can develop, but we'd all like to see more sacks and that requires people to win one-on-one matchups when they don't blitz.

damionThe special teams has been anything but special over the last half a dozen games in fact since Joe McKnight took it to the house on Monday night against the Texans. This unit has been awful. Is it due to Westy being on his victory lap is he doing too much or not enough has he given the reigns over to Kotwica and we are seeing what life is gonna be like without him? Is it practice time, injuries, inexperience, or just plain stupidity?

I think injuries are a key factor, because every unit has a couple of guys that haven't been with the team all year, so the unit isn't as well-drilled as Westhoff would like. Some of the breakdowns have definitely been attributable to stupidity, though. I can't argue with that. In the past, you could take for granted that such breakdowns were an aberration, but this year, it's happening every single week.

Why MeWhat's the chance we switch to a 4-3 base D next year? It's proven difficult for them to find quality 3-4 OLB's ever since Mangini came to town and continues to be a problem. With the high price of good 3-4 FA OLB's and a rather high rate for bust on OLB's by way of the draft why not move on? We look rather loaded with young talent across the DL now and this draft is pretty full of true 4-3 DE's it seems like the perfect time to make the switch. Davis, Harris and 1 of the current backup LBs should be able to handle the LB duties in a 4-3 while adding some mid round insurance in the upcoming draft.

If Rex stays, there's no chance whatsoever that the Jets switch to a basic 4-3, because he's going to run his hybrid defense no matter what. However, there is plenty of flexibility within that to run 4-3 looks (as they already do) and I would agree that the personnel seems better suited to that right now.

FloridaJetFansince67I thought I saw where Hill was targeted 8 times and we know he caught 5. I don't remember him dropping any. Can you confirm yeah or nay?

He didn't drop any - the incompletions were a miscommunication where Hill ran a slant and Sanchez threw a bubble screen and McElroy's first pass over the top that was incomplete. The other one was a mistake by NFL.com because Sanchez's very last pass was batted down at the line, but it was clearly intended for Jeremy Kerley. Hill was also targeted on that play where he drew a penalty, but that doesn't count officially.

metsman"I don’t know if there will be any more games that I’ll enjoy as much as I did this one" This was a joke right?

Not at all. I just love low-scoring football games plus this had the added bonus of a fun second half comeback.

Marcus I noticed that Coples seemed to be playing a disproportionately low number of snaps. Any idea why that would be the case? It seemed to me like the Arizona OL would be a good matchup to build up his confidence a little.

As I noted above with reference to Ellis, they're putting the best guys on the field right now. It actually wasn't a good game for guys like Coples and McIntyre to build their confidence because Ryan Lindley was getting rid of the ball so prematurely, it was almost impossible to get to him. Had they faced the Cardinals a month ago when their line was giving up bucketloads of pressure, I'd have agreed with you. Coples isn't disgracing himself out there and shows one or two flashes every week, but it doesn't look like his rookie year is going to be particularly productive from a statistical standpoint.

His snap count wasn't really disproportionately low, he was just in on the units that played on passing downs and the Cardinals' inability to sustain drives limited how many such downs arose.

Phil T.Has Po'uha had back problems in the past? I'm glad to hear he is producing again and seems to be trending upwards, but it's disconcerting that we haven't seen the same consistent level of dominance from him as last year. Especially after he got his new contract.

Po'uha had back issues right at the end of the 2010 season and they definitely affected his play. In fact, with a healthy Po'uha, the Jets would probably have stopped the Steelers' running game much better in the AFC Title Game and had a much better chance to win. In 2011, he was healthy throughout and was outstanding. It's clear that the back issue (which I have it on good authority is really limiting him, even though he's back in the lineup) is the only difference between him being outstanding and run-of-the-mill. The trouble is that back issues can linger and, for a player of Po'uha's age, you're taking a risk if you bring him back next year, because he might never be the same again.

a57se Based on Cimini's playing time numbers for the Jets defense, they averaged ~ 2.6 defensive linemen per snap...that seems rather low to me. Mo played 47 out of 54 snaps while DeVito played 33 out of 54 and no other linemen had more then 19...I wonder how much this has to do with injuries (Po'uha and Ellis) or just Rex and his crazy schemes?

It's because Pace and Thomas played a lot of snaps as defensive ends. Most of the time, that was in 4-3 formations, but Thomas did also get some reps in a three man front. I do believe Po'uha and Ellis are having their reps monitored, but it's just a product of them only having two (and sometimes one) interior linemen out there on a lot of the plays.

a57seDo you think given the game situation, that Westhoff was too aggressive on the fake punt? The overload formation was an invitation to run to the right side of the offense...

Yes, although that was an insane risk from the Cardinals - 4th and seven at their own 25 in the last minute or so of the half with the scores tied at 0-0? If they fail there, that could easily have been the deciding factor. I guess Westhoff figured they'd never take that risk and decided to go for a block because the Jets had no intention of trying to score on offense in the last minute. However, that was pretty predictable based on what's happened in similar situations this year and that's probably why the Cardinals knew they could afford to take that risk.

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BGA will be back on Sunday with a pre-game experiment. Have a good weekend!

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints, several players said they believe head coach Todd Bowles should return next season.

"He does a good job as a head coach," veteran running back Matt Forte said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "People are going to criticize you. If you're 9-4 or 10-3 then you would be the greatest thing since slice bread. But [since] we're mathematically out of the playoffs and lost a couple of games in a row, then everything is worse."

New York has lost seven of its last nine games since a 3-2 start, however the fact the Jets have five wins this season is a sign they have already exceeded expectations given many analysts predicted New York would win a maximum of four games or have a historically bad season.

"He's the Jets' head coach," rookie safety Jamal Adams told Watkins. "He's my head coach and he's the team head coach. There shouldn't be any discussion who is going to be the head coach. It should be Todd Bowles. There shouldn't be any indecision about how our coach is coaching us. We got to finish ballgames."

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/17 00:07:55
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, 31-19, on Sunday.

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty stretches before Sunday's game against the against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty stretches before Sunday's game against the against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has already been named the Jets starting quarterback for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Pencil him in for the start in the Jets' finale on New Year's Eve in New England, too.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has now had five chances over the last 13 months to prove he can be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.

He hasn't. And he's not.

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Bowles, Petty on loss to Saints 00:02:05
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and QB Bryce Petty discuss their inability to convert on big plays and capitalize on three forced turnovers.

In Bryce Petty's first start of the season after Josh McCown's season-ending injury, the Jets lost to the Saints 30-19. The defense played admirably against the league's offense, but struggled in covering the dynamic backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Petty completed 18 of 37 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Elijah McGuire led the team in receiving with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. 

Bilal Powell led the team in rushing with 44 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets announced that Leonard Williams suffered a concussion in their 30-19 loss to the Saints. 

Williams had enjoyed an active game with five tackles and an interception. 

The Jets will continue to evaluate Williams ahead of their next game on Christmas Eve against the Chargers. 

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Anderson plays Pick Six 00:02:29
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Mo Wilkerson won't play for the Jets on Sunday afternoon, and it's possible he'll never play for the Jets again.

Jets coach Todd Bowles is considering turning Wilkerson's one-week punishment into something more, according to a team source, including possibly sitting him for the final two games of the season, too. And with Wilkerson now a virtual lock to be cut in March before his 2018 salary becomes guaranteed, that means he may have played the final game of his Jets career...

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

As Todd Bowles announced earlier in the week, Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive, the team announced.

The rest of the Jets inactives are: CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, RB Akeem Judd, LB Freddie Bishop, OT Ben Ijalana and C Jonotthan Harrison.

The Jets take on the Saints in New Orleans at 1 p.m.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

One of the few positives to emanate from the Jets 23-0 loss to the Broncos was TE Eric Tomlinson's competence as a long snapper. Tomlinson was forced into action after regular long snapper Thomas Hennessy went out injured.

"It's funny because when I walked up to him I said, 'Hey, man, you're up,'" Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said, via Associated Press. "And typical Tomlinson, he looked up at me and said, 'I got you Boyer,' and gives me knuckles. He's that kind of guy, though, so he was great..."

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) 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 Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

THE GAME: The Jets (5-9) at the New Orleans Saints (9-4) at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's a dome, so I wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, technically the Jets are alive...

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

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New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Richard Sherman has kept tabs on former teammate Jermaine Kearse and went out of his way to praise the receiver. Sherman scribed a piece for The Players' Tribune called "Underrated Wide Receivers 101", highlighting who he believes to be underrated receivers in the league. He led with Kearse. 

The Jets acquired Kearse from the Seahawks, along with a second-round pick, for Sheldon Richardson just before the season started. Kearse has made 52 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns this season-- all already career highs or on pace to set career highs. 

"It's safe to say that Jermaine is clutch," Sherman said. "And ridiculously underrated..."

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Vacc's 3 keys to Jets win 00:01:36
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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Wilkerson not playing at Saints 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Jets practice where the team announced that Muhammad Wilkerson will not play this Sunday.
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is out for Sunday's game against the game after he was benched for showing up late to the team facility Friday. 

Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans as it was a 'coaching decision,' according to head coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson supposedly showed up to the facility "very late," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. This is the third straight year the 28-year-old has been benched for being late. 

This season, Wilkerson has been underperforming with only 3.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles. 

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Wilkerson will not play Sunday 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling to play in New Orleans this Sunday due to tardiness.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson has no future with the Jets. He knows it and they know it. He'll be released long before his 2018 salary is guaranteed on March 16.

And really, there's no reason to wait that long anymore.

Wilkerson was punished by Jets coach Todd Bowles on Friday, after he showed up late -- very late -- to the team facility, according to a team source. Bowles immediately told the 28-year-old malcontent he wouldn't be traveling to New Orleans with the team for the game on Sunday. And according to one team source, his pseudo-suspension could last longer than that.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday, saying it was a 'coaching decision' -- not injury-related.

Wilkerson was very late to the Jets' facility today, which is why he was benched, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, who says it wouldn't be a surprise if this isn't just a one-game punishment, either.

Earlier this month, a day after he benched Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

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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)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

Need to know

The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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John Morton on quitting vs. DEN 00:00:31
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton admits to calling it quits in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.

"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveI know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter...

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Kerley blames ghost for PED's 00:05:09
On Loud Mouths, the guys fill in the blanks on hot topics including Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Jeremy Kerley's ghost and Star Wars.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said he still wasn't sure how a banned substance in his system led to a four-game suspension and suggested it was because of a ghost.

"I don't know, a lot of ghosts around here," Kerley said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past."

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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed offensive tackle Korren Kirven to the practice squad and released tight end Zach Conque, the team announced Friday.

Kirven, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2017 draft.

Conque was with the Jets' practice squad for three weeks after the Houston Texans waived/injured him in August.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' plan 00:02:06
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses how the Jets are preparing to face Drew Brees and the formidable New Orleans Saints.

After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.

Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.

"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on..."

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4 Keys to beating the Saints 00:04:30
On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.

On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.


Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Bryce Petty will make his fifth career start for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans because Josh McCown has a broken left hand and because, as Todd Bowles said, "Bryce is the next man up."

That's a nice, tidy coach-speak way of avoiding the obvious truth about that decision: Starting Petty makes very little sense at this point for the 5-8 Jets. They need to see Christian Hackenberg play...

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) 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 Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown may be out for the season and unsigned for 2018, but he's not done helping the Jets young players just yet.

The 38-year-old quarterback was back on the practice field on Thursday, just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, and he will travel with the Jets to New Orleans this weekend for their game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. There, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, McCown will serve as a "player-coach" as quarterback Bryce Petty makes his first start of the year...

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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)

Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Thursday. The good news, though, is he was the only player who missed Wednesday's practice to sit out Thursday's as well.

All of CB Morris Claiborne (foot), RB Elijah McGuire (ankle), S Rontez Miles (hamstring), CB Rashard Robinson (not injury related) and G Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants Thursday after being unable to go on Wednesday. 

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Thomas Hennessy (concussion) were also limited participants. 

The Jets travel to New Orleans to play the Saints this Sunday in Bryce Petty's  first start of the season.

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With Josh McCown sidelined due to a broken hand, Bryce Petty is motivated to prove his worth in the final three games of the season.

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs the ball against Kansas City Chiefs corner back Darrelle Revis (24) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As he has done for the last month, RB Matt Forte (knee) was on the sidelines during the Jets' practice on Wednesday. 

LB Mo Claiborne (foot), RB Eli McGuire (ankle), DB Rontez Miles (hamstring), OL Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle) and DB Rashard Robinson (excused) joined Forte as inactives.

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Tom Hennessy (concussion) were limited.

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Jets LB Demario Davis has been a cornerstone of the team's defense this season, but it wasn't always that way. 

When returning to the Jets this offseason after a season with the Browns, fans and media crushed Davis, saying he wasn't worth bringing back after serving four previous season in Green & White. Davis didn't prove them wrong in the first two weeks of the season either as he struggled mightily on the field. 

Davis spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on "The Jet Stream Podcast" to talk about how he dealt with the pressure, and turned around his season...

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