This analysis is based on watching and re-watching TV footage. As such, it is not always possible to accurately determine everything that was going on. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the information below is as complete and correct as possible.

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

Coming up, part one of your breakdown of last night’s win over the Bengals with detailed analysis of the offensive performance.

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

This week, we're splitting the BGA into two. We'll cover the offense here and defense and special teams in part two later today. Let's get going...

Quarterbacks

This was an interesting test for the first-string offense with Chris Ivory, Jeff Cumberland and Eric Decker all ruled out before kickoff. Geno Smith fared pretty well overall, although he did do most of his damage after the Bengals had removed most of their starters from the game. Still, the offense wasn't completely impotent against the starters - Smith completed five passes for 54 yards and the Jets rushed nine times for 37 yards in just over a quarter. In large part due to penalties, the Jets only scored three points against the starters but Smith regrouped and led two touchdown drives to make it a one-point game at the half.

Smith benefited from some good pass protection and did a fine job of surveying the field and confidently hitting on some downfield passes. As we've come to expect, he also made some good plays with his legs, including a short touchdown run after a nice fake. Overall, he completed 10-of-13 passes for 98 yards.

The one black mark was his interception, which came on a play where he released the ball as receiver David Nelson was making his break back to the ball and it seemed to be on Nelson quicker than he expected. You'll recall that this was a throw Smith seemed to be constantly late on last year before developing some good timing with Nelson. The fact Nelson didn't react to the ball was obviously a timing issue and I couldn't say who was at fault there. At least it wasn't a bad read by Smith.

Backup Michael Vick accounted for 70 yards and a touchdown through the air, but actually most of that yardage came after the catch as he got 26 yards on a screen to Daryl Richardson and 17 and a touchdown on another screen to Clyde Gates. The other three completions were all short dump-offs and he also had an 18 yard gain on a screen pass negated by a hold.

Once again Vick made a first down on a scramble and the touchdown drive essentially provided the Jets with the winning score. He did miss on a deep ball with his pass down the sideline to Jacoby Ford being slightly off-line and caught out of bounds.

Tajh Boyd saw reps this week with the third unit and continued the apparent struggles he's been dealing with in practice. His only completion was a low catch by Michael Campbell a yard short of the marker on 3rd and seven. Of his four incompletions, one was a deep ball that was broken up, but three were passes he could have hit on - one was too low and the others, including what should have been an easy dump-off to Chris Pantale, were too high. Boyd looked nervous. Clearly these are passes he is capable of making from his college film.

Matt Simms was rested this week, but nothing Boyd did will have loosened his grip on the third QB role ... if such a role exists.

Offensive Line - Starters

The offensive line put up some terrific numbers - no sacks and 169 yards rushing at five yards a pop - although that was partly mitigated by them combining for 90 yards in penalties. That's not including another 15 yards which was not assessed because there was already a penalty on the same play. As Bassett wrote last night, this amount of penalty yardage is a major concern and it's actually a credit to the offensive execution that they still put enought points on the board to win. Sure, some of the penalties may have been bad calls, unnecessary holds that didn't affect the outcome of the play or roughness penalties where cooler heads might have prevailed in a more meaningful game. However, the Jets need to ensure they play with much better discipline once the season gets underway.

If they do play with better discipline the signs are looking good for the offensive line this year. Pass protection was excellent with just a couple of individual breakdowns and plenty of plays where the quarterback had plenty of time to survey the scene. As for the running game, they were good throughout, but really picked things up in the second quarter. This coincided with Brian Winters getting into the game at left guard and he did have several key blocks on the two touchdown drives. Yes, it did also coincide with the Bengals taking their starters out of the game, but there was still an immediate cohesiveness that seemed apparent with the projected starters together for the first time.

It was surprising to hear that Aboushi would be getting the start, after Winters had been working mostly with the first unit recently and did perform well in game one. However, for Aboushi it was important to get him some quality reps at guard because he had to fill in mostly at tackle last week due to a couple of injuries at the back end of the roster.

Aboushi started off at left guard, then stayed at left guard while Winters got some reps at right guard. Finally, Winters got to run with the first unit at left guard and then later in the game, they both worked with the second unit on the right side with Winters at guard and Aboushi at tackle. As noted, the running game really picked up once Winters got in the game, but that's not to say that it was bad with Aboushi in and going up against starters. Although Geno Atkins was out, Brandon Thompson is a good young player against the run and Atkins' main strength is as a pass rusher anyway, so that was still a formidable test against a good front seven.

While operating at guard, Aboushi fared quite well. He didn't surrender any pressure and although he let his man get off his block to stuff one run, he also made a good interior kick-out block on another run. When he moved to tackle in the second half it was a different story. He had a couple of good run blocks, but also got beaten a couple of times for a pressure and once on a running play that was stuffed in the backfield. He also got called for a blatant, but totally unnecessary hold, negating an 18-yard pass play. Right now, you'd have to feel more confident with him if called upon to fill in at guard than at tackle, so perhaps they need another backup tackle on the roster. Three of the four negative plays that I mentioned came on consecutive plays, but he was more settled other than that.

Winters gave up 50 yards in penalties, ruining what was an otherwise pretty encouraging performance. Other than the penalties, the only real negative was one play where he allowed a pass rusher to come free off his left shoulder and perhaps should have passed off the man he was blocking sooner to pick that up. As noted, he had some good run blocks, including a pulling reach block to seal his man back to the inside, one other pulling block and a good driving seal block on the first touchdown. He also got out in front of a screen to make a good block.

What's most encouraging about the left guard play is that - while there are obviously ups and downs with both contenders - D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold are looking good. Neither gave up any pressure and both made positive contributions in the running game with the Jets seeing plenty of success running wide left with Ferguson setting the edge. Mangold did a good job on Bilal Powell's touchdown and drove his man out of the play on Powell's long run. These two were also penalty free.

The right side of the line looks to be developing some good chemistry. Giacomini didn't allow any pressure this week after some wobbles in his first game and Colon just got beaten once on the inside leading to pressure and a holding call. Giacomini also had a bad penalty for an illegal block and each of them were flagged for fighting after Smith's interception. In the running game, other than one play where Giacomini was beaten inside for a run stuff, they both did solid work. Giacomini made some good blocks at the second level, which seems to be somewhere he's an upgrade over Austin Howard. That included on Powell's long run where Colon drove his guy laterally out of the play and Giacomini blocked a safety to the outside at the second level to open the running lane. Colon also made a good pulling block to spring a nice run off the left side.

Offensive Line - Backups

One innocuous play early in the second half provided a perfect microcosm of the game as a whole. Dakota Dozier - the second string left guard - immediately got rocked back and allowed his man to get upfield leverage. However, he kept his hands on him, moved his feet and managed to regain enough leverage to reanchor himself in front of Vick and enable Vick to dump the ball off for a short gain. While Dozier was dominated initially on that play and perhaps that's the primary cause for concern, he battled back into it and got the job done, from which we can take some positives. You can pretty much say the same thing for the Jets as a team after yesterday's game.

Other than that play, Dozier only had a couple of negatives and did do a good job of getting out in front of Clyde Gates on the screen pass for the go-ahead touchdown. I think he's a keeper, although I don't know if he'll see action this season.

Second unit left tackle Ben Ijalana settled down last week after a rocky start and continued that this week. He did get beaten outside for a pressure once and allowed his man to hit Michael Vick (although that was after he was initially blocked and Vick held the ball for a few seconds before rolling out), otherwise holding up in pass protection. Ijalana flashed terrific athleticism in getting out in front of the screen passes from Vick to Richardson and Gates which accounted for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Backup center Dalton Freeman impressed me this week. He held up well in pass protection and had a couple of good blocks to drive his man away from the play in the running game. He's definitely ahead of Caleb Schlauderaff, who had to wait to get into the game at guard this week with Winters getting extra second unit reps. Schlauderaff did have a couple of good run blocks though.

Schlauderaff entered with débutante Brent Qvale on the right side when Winters and Aboushi finally went to the bench. Qvale later moved to left tackle, giving Ijalana some rest and Bruce Campbell a chance for some reps at right tackle. Marcus Zusevics remains out while Patrick Ford and Will Campbell saw some late action at guard.

Running Backs

Chris Johnson had a nice output with 63 yards on 10 carries, as the Jets had good success running him around left end and also started to mix in the sprint draw - a Marty Mornhinweg staple which was seldom-used last season. It seemed like Johnson's running was a little labored at first, but he apparently shook the cobwebs loose eventually. To put up those numbers in one half is an encouraging sign for what he'll be able to do once he's playing four quarters.

For the past three years, Jets fans seem to have spent the offseason writing off Powell and each time Powell has done nothing but make positive contributions. Powell contributed 54 yards and a touchdown on six touches, breaking several tackles in the process. While he doesn't have breakaway speed, he looked sharp and did a great job filling in for the injured Chris Ivory. The Jets are lucky to have Powell, who will likely be called upon to do that a time or two during the regular season too.

While I don't think he can oust Powell, Richarson did a good job of making a case for the team keeping four halfbacks on the roster showing great burst on his 26-yard catch and run. He also rushed for 23 yards on seven carries and had a good blitz pick-up.

Alex Green had a rough time of it, gaining just seven yards on six carries. None of this was really his fault, but he has yet to establish himself on offense and seems to be falling behind Richardson. He might be a superior special teamer, but I don't know that this will be enough to earn him a roster spot.

For the fullbacks, Tommy Bohanon had a nine yard catch but got trucked on a linebacker blitz and probably should have been flagged for a takedown on that play. Chad Young again had one outstanding block where he met a linebacker in the hole and kicked them outside to create a lane. He couldn't come up with a low Boyd pass though.

Receivers

None of the Jets receivers put up particularly good numbers, with the Jets only completing 16 passes, including just six of 14 in the second half. As noted, Nelson may have been at fault on the interception. He had two short catches. The only other wideout with two catches was Greg Salas who led the Jets with 31 yards, 20 of which came on a nice throw down the seam by Smith.

Jeremy Kerley - not targeted last week - picked up 21 on a quick slant and also had a good downfield block on Powell's long run. Stephen Hill's blocking was also good on a couple of occasions and he made a nice leaping grab on third down. However, he looked to have secured another reception over the middle, only to have the ball jarred loose by a combination of the safety and linebacker. Gates scored the touchdown but failed to come up with a third down catch with the Jets backed up near their goal line. He felt he was interfered with on that one.

Ford and Saalim Hakim were each targeted on an unsuccessful deep ball. Michael Campbell had one catch but fell to the ground just shy of the marker and had another high pass go off his hands.

Finally, Quincy Enunwa was not targeted but made a good block from the slot to help spring Gates for his touchdown.

At tight end, with Cumberland out, Jace Amaro had three catches for 42 yards, although one was negated by a penalty. Still he made a nice downfield catch and looks good running with the ball. It was good to see him catch the ball each time he was targeted too. He had a couple of run blocking plays where he could have done a bit better, but one time in pass protection he was blocking a defensive end one on one and although he almost got beaten outside he managed to stay on his man and hold up well. It did look like he was at fault on an early 12 men on the field penalty though.

Other than from Amaro, the Jets didn't get much from their tight ends. Zach Sudfeld was targeted twice but both were inaccurate throws that fell incomplete and Pantale had Boyd miss him in the flat. Pantale also missed one block.

Part two will look at the defense and special teams, including some detailed breakdowns of what was going on in the secondary. We'll be posting this later today.

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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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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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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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GEICO SportsNite: Petty to start 00:01:59
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:

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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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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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