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BGA is back…and this time it’s preseasonal (again)!

We're breaking down last night’s win over the Giants. Part one is here. In part two, we're focusing on the defense and special teams.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle.

I’m going to start off today by addressing the long touchdown run on the first play and, more importantly, the Jets response to it. Obviously the play itself was extremely depressing to see. With Garrett McIntyre specifically given the starting role in place of Quinton Coples due to his ability to play the run and set the edge, they ran the ball right at him, blocked him to the inside and took it all the way for a long score. McIntyre wasn’t the only player at fault, you could probably name a handful of people, including (but not limited to) Antonio Allen – who lost contain – and Dawan Landry – who came up too fast and didn’t have the angle to get back. In short, the play was a disaster, but if you can fix what went wrong, then maybe that’s not as disconcerting as if a team was running off the edge for consistent yardage throughout the game.

David Wilson got the best of the Jets early on

Believe it or not, fixing what went wrong was exactly what they did. I’d be very interested to see if they changed their approach as a result of what happened on the first play or if the approach they used was just something which didn’t happen on that first play for whatever reason. Either way it worked.

For the rest of the game, the Giants gained 55 yards on 22 carries and every time they tried to run to the outside, they were forced back inside. What the Jets did differently was to use their inside linebackers to set the edge, therefore forcing the run back inside to where the defensive linemen – the strength of the team – were well placed to make the stop. While I’m accustomed to seeing one linebacker attack the line of scrimmage so that the other is free to roam sideline-to-sideline (aka the Bart Scott approach) or both backers staying at home and then reacting to the run as the linemen take on blocks (aka the When Bart’s Injured approach), this was a different development. The inside backer on that side was making a concerted effort to get outside and upfield and for the most part it worked. As I watched this, I was thinking that this would make them extremely susceptible to a cut-back run, but the linemen did such a good job of working their way downhill that it never happened.

This puts the onus on the other inside backer to try and stay out of traffic so that they can meet the runner in the hole (if there even is one), but having guys like Landry and Allen/Jaiquawn Jarrett who can come up into the box and help out in run support lessens the strain somewhat.

I shall take great interest in seeing whether this approach is something they’ll continue to use, some or all of the time.

Before we get to the individual player evaluations, I also want to talk about game planning. While there’s no question the Jets will be saving some things for the regular season, the Jets – who used a pretty consistent rotation over the first two games – used some specific packages last night that were obviously designed to make life difficult for the Giants. While you expect to see vanilla gameplans on both sides of the ball in preseason, the Jets did some experimenting last night, but were also, I believe, specifically tailoring what they did to the Giants’ strengths and weaknesses in an effort to win the game.

They did one or two interesting things in coverage, for example using their linebackers on slot receivers at the line quite a lot, with the option to press, drop off, pass off to a defender behind them and rush the passer or just slow them at the line and stay at home. However, I was most interested by what they did with their linemen.

Both Sheldon Richardson and Muhammed Wilkerson were used standing up in pass rush situations and not just at the line. Wilkerson lined up as a middle linebacker three times and came charging up the middle very effectively. The first time they did it, Eli Manning noticeably rushed his throw and it was incomplete. The second time, a back stayed in to pick him up and he just drove him back into Manning, knocking him down. Finally, on the third one, they managed to prevent him from getting pressure, but still had to get rid of the ball quickly. Something like that can be great, because the threat is always evident. As long as you don’t use it too much, the offense will have to adjust on the fly and you can probably set some traps for when the oppositions tries to counter it with a screen pass or something.

Anyway, it was anything but vanilla for the Jets on defense – you could tell Rex Ryan wanted this game. Now let’s look at the contributors.

Interior Line

Hey, did you see that new running back the Giants got? His name is “Muhammad Wilkerson”. I know, right, he’s supposed to be a Jets player, but he definitely spent most of the night in the Giants backfield. With constant penetration and a constant pass rushing threat, Wilkerson either directly or indirectly caused several running plays to be stuffed and Manning to be under pressure several times too. Maybe his most impressive play of the night, albeit not flashy, saw the Giants use another lineman to help out the first lineman and then a back to help him too, but Wilkerson just slipped between the three of them like an eel to generate a pressure.

I mentioned how some of the way Richardson is playing reminded me of the way Wilkerson played as a rookie last week. (Aside: That’s the sort of comment that, if Ryan said it, would be used by some beat writers as a condescending “Rex thinks Richardson is as good as Wilkerson” punchline for the next few years, probably until it became apparent that – even if he didn’t say it – it was becoming true. I’ve already witnessed some fans responding to one beat writer’s tweet by saying that he looks like a bust). Anyway, I want to expound upon my thought from last week.

Over the past year, we’ve looked at the development curve of Quinton Coples through a prism of having seen Wilkerson develop one year ahead of him. Essentially, Wilkerson was great against the run with flashes as a pass rusher in his rookie year and Coples was great as a pass rusher with flashes against the run. So, with Wilkerson developing into a more rounded player in year two, making plays in both disciplines, the hope is that Coples will do the same thing in his second season. All on board with that so far? Hopefully.

There’s one major difference though. Maybe it’s just a product of having pass rushing as a specialism, but Coples seems to make a higher proportion of impact plays – a sack, a big hit, a tackle for a huge loss or whatever – but also has more mistakes or negative plays where his blocker gets the better of him than Wilkerson. So, while Wilkerson is much more consistent in terms of good plays versus bad plays, Coples is more inconsistent, but makes more of an impact with the type of good plays that he makes. Still with me so far? Good.

Now, what’s incredibly exciting about Wilkerson is that he’s ramping up those impact plays and making more and more of those, while still keeping up a high standard of consistency. The Jets are recognizing this and setting things up for him to succeed wherever possible. Coples will continue to make impact plays and hopefully improve his consistency as he goes along. Which brings us to Richardson. Richardson reminded me of Wilkerson because he was consistently making positive contributions with not many errors. So, I put him on the Wilkerson developmental curve. However, yesterday, he showed a few tantalizing glimpses that maybe he’s going to make some impact plays too.

Richardson had his first sack on an explosive burst into the backfield. That didn’t look like an aberration, as he added a hit and a pressure later on. Remember, Wilkerson only had three sacks as a rookie and wasn’t very productive in terms of pressure. Richardson still contributed in the running game too blowing up a run in short yardage and getting in on a tackle at the line and his desire to chase down plays is phenomenal. His game ended prematurely but he’s not seriously injured and definitely looks set to be a big contributor this year.

They weren’t the only two high level performers on the line, though. Perhaps the main beneficiary of the force-back-inside run stopping philosophy was Damon Harrison, who once again filled in at nose tackle with Kenrick Ellis out. Mostly by simply holding his ground and leveraging his way into the path of the cutback lane, Harrison got in on a series of tackles at or near the line of scrimmage. He actually led the team with seven tackles, including one where he sniffed out a screen pass and another where he was completely unblocked and able to pull the runner down in the backfield. Harrison actually missed three tackles too, but that’s a sign he was getting off blocks to slow the runner down for his teammates. He even had a pressure as a pass rusher. As I said last week, the Jets have a viable replacement in place if Ellis misses any time during the season. In fact, if he plays like this, Harrison will deserve to split time and maybe even challenge for the starting role.

Leger Douzable was another high level performer on the line. He got plenty of additional reps once Richardson left the game and played well into the second half. He had a sack, a hit, a batted pass and a couple of pressures as a pass rusher, but he is best known for his run stopping and he got plenty of penetration to blow up runs as well as getting in on a tackle near the line and one in the backfield. He was blocked out of a play right near the end of the game, but was otherwise difficult to criticize. While he did do a lot of this damage against backups, plenty of it came earlier in the game too. He looks like being a strong contributor this year too.

Antonio Garay has had a quiet preseason so far, but he started to show some signs last night. He got some good penetration on a couple of plays, drawing a holding penalty and got off his block to stuff the runner at the goal line on third down. Garay did allow himself to be driven off the line by a couple of double teams, but he is starting to pick things up.

I’ve already spoken about being impressed with Junior Aumavae and he once again got in on a couple of run stuffs in this game. However, Tevita Finau is making a late charge too. He got good penetration on a couple of plays and had a sack and a pressure. I did not see Lanier Coleman out there.

Edge Rushers

As noted, Garrett McIntyre was caught inside on the first play, but he didn’t let it happen again, keeping contain well on a couple of other plays, including one where he made the tackle himself for a short gain. He was one of the guys they employed in coverage a lot, which is something they have done before with him in preseason. He did give up a first down on a short pass and didn’t generate any pass rush.

Calvin Pace also failed to generate any pass rush, although he did make a couple of good plays against the run and was able to stay with his man on a throw to the end zone. Antwan Barnes didn’t make much of his extended playing time though, not really making any kind of an impact.

Working with the second unit, Ricky Sapp was double teamed a ton, but was getting off blocks much better this week and generally causing a nuisance. He hit the quarterback once and beat his man to get into the backfield on three other occasions, but the pass was released before he could get there. More enticing was his play against the run, where he made two good stops at the line. The first saw him diagnose a play and shoot a gap into the backfield to force the runner back inside, then trip that player low for no gain. The other saw him chase a play down from the backside and make a tackle for a short gain. If that’s somewhere he can contribute, it could put him in line for a bigger role.

Some of the third stringers made an impact this week too. Troy Davis blew by a running back for a hit and then had another one negated because he accidentally hit the quarterback’s face mask. Jacquies Smith had a pressure and a cheap tackle for a loss after a fumbled snap. He also dropped into coverage a couple of times, getting beaten once, but doing well the next time on an incompletion. Finally, Sean Progar-Jackson broke up a pass.

Linebackers

After their disappointing performances last week, David Harris and Demario Davis made much better contributions this week. Maybe the edge-setting role was something that will work well for this tandem. Harris was blocked out badly on the touchdown run at the second level, but managed to stay clean most of the time this week. He created a pressure by driving his man back into the quarterback and stuffed a run as he was unblocked. Davis helped to blow up a screen, stuffed a run for a short gain with a big hit near the goal line and pressured Manning once. He did get badly driven out of a play by a tight end on one play, but otherwise put forward a disciplined performance.

The second unit employed the same approach to stopping outside runs, with Nick Bellore contributing to keep contain on one play. He also stuffed a run and had one pressure, although he was blocked out of one play at the second level.

Danny Lansanah made some noise with a couple of nice stops and a forced fumble. He also blew up a screen and almost made an unblocked tackle in the backfield that ultimately led to a run being stuffed by his teammate. However, he did have some issues in coverage, getting beaten for a first down on one play and showing poor awareness on another.

Jojo Dickson got some playing time, but didn’t manage to make an impact.

Cornerbacks

Keep that head on a swivel, Kyle Wilson!

Dee Milliner missed this game, but so did Ellis Lankster. After the last game, where Milliner was poor but Lankster played great, it will be very interesting to see where they stand on the depth chart. The Jets should have enough depth that they don’t need to play Milliner if he’s not 100% ready. Lankster apparently has a minor foot issue and was rested as a precaution.

Of those that did play, that meant an increased role for Darrin Walls and Kyle Wilson. Of the two, Walls had the better day. Wilson was flagged for pass interference three times and beaten for a long catch by Hakeem Nicks. He was in position on one incompletion, but overall was disappointing, with the old problem of not getting his head turned around seeming to return. Walls, on the other hand, was in pretty good position on five incompletions, one of which he broke up, and made a good play in run support. He wasn’t flawless though – on one of those five plays he didn’t get his head turned around either and was pretty physical with the receiver, so was lucky not to get flagged. He was also beaten a couple of times on third down, although one was dropped.

There’s not much to say about Antonio Cromartie. He was challenged deep once, but in perfect position. He was blocked off the edge on the opening touchdown run, but otherwise couldn’t really be faulted for anything.

Bassett noted Isaiah Trufant’s gutsy performance this morning and also described him as the NFL version of Hit-Girl on twitter, which I thought was great. Trufant is very willing in run support and was in on several plays here and also displayed a neat spin move to register a pressure on a blitz from the slot. He did get beaten for two first downs, one on a play where he was badly fooled by a double-move, though.

I was interested to see Royce Adams get some decent playing time towards the end. You may recall that, until he was injured in camp last year, Adams was 5th on the depth chart and looked set to make the roster. Adams broke up two passes and made a good open field tackle to force a punt. He did get beaten for two catches – one for a first down and one for 17 on 2nd and 22 as he was backed off. I liked what I saw from him though.

Safeties

After his poor start to the game (losing contain on the Wilson touchdown), Allen had his ups and downs. He was in position in coverage a few times, made a nice open field tackle and almost forced a fumble, but he was badly burned by Nicks for what should have been a touchdown. He gave up one other first down, but he was in a pretty good position on that play. It’s a little disconcerting that nobody has really stepped up at the “other” safety spot so far.

Relegated to second team reps, Jarrett made some good plays – a run stuff near the line, an open field tackle and a fumble recovery. He displayed pretty good recovery speed on one coverage play but was beaten on another and bailed out by a drop.

Landry didn’t do too well on that opening play either, but settled down and made some good contributions, breaking up a pass on fourth down and getting in on a run stuff near the line.

Finally, Josh Bush almost (and perhaps should have) made a diving interception on a tipped pass but gave up a first down in zone coverage.

Special Teams

A rough night for the kicking competition

This wasn’t a good week for special teams, what with all the missed tackles and missed field goals (whether or not they counted). However, there was one sparkling play I wanted to highlight. After Simms touchdown pass, he was flagged for excessive celebration and the Jets, protecting a three-point lead with two minutes left, were forced to kick off from their 20. Billy Cundiff unleashed a monster kick that was fielded by the return man a couple of yards deep into the end zone. However, you’d worry that he out-kicked his coverage on that play. Not so, as Adams got down there before everyone else and forced the return man to change direction by clattering into his lead blocker and knocking him flying. The next man down, Bret Lockett, broke the return man down and Rontez Miles followed up to trap him so that Lockett could get him down inside the 15. The Giants still tied the score, but that was a great play when the Giants probably expected to get the ball at about the 40.

Cundiff also managed to make the winning kick, but can’t have impressed when he missed it initially with Tom Coughlin trying to ice him. Of course, Nick Folk had already missed both in the same situation moments earlier, so maybe Cundiff has a lead now.

After missing last week, Robert Malone is probably back in the lead in terms of the punter battle, especially following a horrible shank by Ryan Quigley.

The coverage units missed Lankster. Sapp, Miles, Demario Davis and Lockett all made good tackles, but Jarrett, Bush and Troy Davis all missed tackles.

On the kick return unit, Mike Edwards didn’t help his cause by fumbling and Chris Pantale had a bad missed block. Wilson didn’t look that good returning kicks and the punt returners (Jeremy Kerley and Zach Rogers) didn’t make much headway.

Finally, for those of you interested in the long snapper battle, Pat Scales got in on another tackle this week, but also had one bad snap that Robert Malone did well to rescue.

Conclusions

I was extremely concerned by the run defense after the first play, but as noted they seemed to fix this pretty sharply so I feel a lot better about the run defense now. The potential on that line is incredible and if there are some weaknesses elsewhere on defense, you can still be very successful when your line is elite. There’s no better example of that than the Giants themselves over the past five or six years.

Of course, the big story is whatever happens at the quarterback position, but also to a lesser extent the left guard, backup center and number three quarterback. I’m not convinced the safety position is set yet, either.

Next week is the Bollinger Bowl, so named not as a slight to the caliber of players that will be getting the reps, but as a tribute to Brooks Bollinger’s fourth quarter heroics (three late TD’s to overturn a 27-7 deficit) in the same fixture back in 2005. It’s my favorite game of the year, but this year there is still much to be settled.

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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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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Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets will select LSU DE Arden Key with the tenth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.

Despite the Jets' need for a steady arm at the quarterback position, McShay points out their edge rushers need some improvement as well. This is why McShay can't see the Jets passing up on who he thinks is the most natural defensive end coming out of college this season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS ON KEY

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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 worked out two CFL players on Tuesday: WR DaVaris Daniels and CB Garry Peters, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 6-foot-1, 207 pound Daniels has played his past two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, who made it to the Grey Cup last season. In 13 games last season, the Notre Dame product caught 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns. 

Peters has played for the Edmonton Eskimos the past two seasons, where he most recently won the Grey Cup. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound cornerback notched 35 tackles and three special teams tackles this past season. 

As the custom with CFL players converting to the NFL, the Jets may be looking at Daniels and Peters for potential futures deals after the season. CFL players generally are not allowed to sign with NFL teams until their contracts expire in February. 

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

Tags: Buster Skrine, Darron Lee, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Rontez Miles, Steve McLendon
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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

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

Jets coach Todd Bowles said QB Bryce Petty will be prepared to start this weekend when the team faces the Saints in New Orleans.

Petty was inserted into the starting role after QB Josh McCown was lost for the remainder of the season due to a hand injury.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets QB Josh McCown was named a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. 

The award recognizes players who demonstrate the best on-field sportsmanship qualities that include fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition, according to USA Today. 

The other finalists include Browns T Joe Thomas, Chargers TE Antonio Gates, Redskins TE Vernon Davis, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, Lions DT Haloti Ngata, 49ers T Joe Staley, and Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Staley, Smith and Kuechly have all been finalists in previous years.

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Who do the Jets turn to at QB? 00:02:20
The Daily News Live crew debates over who the Jets should start at quarterback with Josh McCown being ruled out for the rest of the season.

Jets QB Josh McCown is out for the rest of the season as he needs surgery on his broken left hand, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 

McCown suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Broncos. He walked off the field in obvious pain, and underwent X-rays during the game. He received a second opinion on the hand, and it was suggested he should get surgery to repair it. 

"It just sucks," McCown said emotionally after the game. 

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Any lingering hopes of the Jets remaining in playoff contention were put to rest by a struggling Broncos team that was met with scant resistance in their 23-0 win. This continues a season-long pattern of futility on the road for this Jets team, which drops to 5-8 on the year and now seems destined to end up 5-11 for the season season in a row.

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

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The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

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

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

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

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Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-0 loss to Denver.

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

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

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

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

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/10 00:12:08
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, 23-0.