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 your breakdown of last night’s 13-10 win over the Colts with detailed analysis of the quarterbacks, running backs, tight ends and receivers.

Join me after the jump as I attempt to cover every angle. It's good to be back!

As we did last year, we're splitting this week's BGA into four. That's because the first BGA of preseason is typically the longest of the year because it's the first look we get at certain players and any new schemes. First of all, we look at the skill positions. And, yes, I know "Skill Positions" is often frowned upon as a description for QBs, RBs, TEs and WRs, but I don't like "Ball Handlers" because it makes it sound like I'm analyzing a bunch of point guards. Let's get to the good stuff...

Quarterbacks

Our first look at the supposedly new-and-improved Geno Smith didn't really tell us that much about how he's going to fare when the missiles start flying for real. Four routine completions and two plays where he basically got rid of the ball to avoid being hit was all we saw from him. He did have one other completion on a play that was blown dead but nobody heard the whistle. That might even have been his best throw of the night, although at the same time it was the only throw where he looked like he locked onto his first target rather than going through progressions.

In his first game as a Jet, Michael Vick just had three short completions, but did show some wheels on a 15-yard scramble. While it took a couple of penalties and a fourth-down conversion in a situation where they would have settled for a field goal in a regular season game, he seemed in control in leading an 80-yard drive for the Jets' only touchdown.

On two of his three incompletions, the ball was off the intended receiver's hands. One of these was an inaccurate throw to Chris Ivory in the flat, although I'm not sure I'd blame Vick because Ivory got re-routed on his way out there and flattened out his route so he wasn't ideally positioned for Vick to be able to drop the ball in front of him.

Let's take a look at one play, the third down scramble where Vick came up short of a first down (although he converted with a pass to Tommy Bohanon in the flat on the next play.)

Here you can see the moment at which the protection breaks down and Vick makes the decision to take off. Nobody is open. The Vick of old might have been able to get to the marker or even score on this play, but at 34-years old Vick has surely lost a step, even though he is still extremely fast, especially for a quarterback.

One Vick commits the defender currently on the three yard line in the above image, Jeff Cumberland is going to be open. Could Vick has slammed on the brakes here and lofted the ball to him for an easy touchdown? Or, better still rolled out wider to the left and then thrown it to him on the run, which would have meant it was less likely he got nailed from behind by Bjorn Werner?

It's too late by this stage, but at this image shows that likely would have worked. It seems unfair to criticize a 34-year old for not making a split-decision read like this at full speed, but it was always unlikely he was going to make it with his legs, so rather than taking what he could, perhaps the higher percentage play here was to draw the defense and look for that throw. Then you could just pull the ball back in and eat it if the defender reacted so that the receiver wasn't open after all. While in the context of this game he got close enough that they opted to go for it and were successful, in a regular season game, those five yards wouldn't have made any difference to what presumably would have been a chip-shot field goal. If anything, what I'm saying here is that Vick needs to understand his own limitations but use the threat of running to open up other options.

As for Cumberland, he showed good instincts here to leak to the open spot, but maybe if he sensed Vick was going to take off, he could have instead thrown a block and that would have given Vick a chance to make it. It's easy in hindsight, but hopefully we will see the players get used to each other as the preseason progresses.

Matt Simms didn't get any reps in last year's preseason opener, which is a good sign of how far he's come. He played a game devoid of any major mistakes, avoided pressure well, completed a high percentage of his (albeit mostly short) passes and hit a couple of open receivers with good throws. He made one inaccurate throw under pressure and had a bad option read on what looked like a busted play, but otherwise did just enough to get the Jets into range for the game-winning kick. With Tajh Boyd not getting into the game, it seems like Simms is in pole position for the third quarterback job. That's if such a job exists, of course.

Overall, the offense didn't look as high-octane and some of the preseason hype might have led you to believe it would, but then again, the Jets really didn't even look to go downfield much. Maybe we'll see them at least try to go up the gears next week.

At least nobody threw a pick-six to a defensive lineman. Yet.

Running Backs

The running game was not very productive at all last night. Alex Green had the longest run of the day (20 yards) on a misdirection pitch where he was untouched down the left side. Other than that, Green had just nine yards on six carries. Chris Johnson got into the end zone, but only gained one yard on three carries other than that. Chris Ivory barely fared much better, with just 17 yards on seven carries, making Daryl Richardson's 3.0 yards per carry average look almost Walter Payton-esque by comparison - and Richardson committed the ultimate crime of fumbling the ball as he battled for extra yardage, even though he recovered it himself.

It's not uncommon for the Jets' running game to not do much in preseason though. They had some different looks, but mostly just ran straight up the middle, especially on first down. With the starting line in there, they ran seven times on first down, with one of those being Smith's 10-yard keeper. Of the six runs by running backs on first down, the only one that didn't go between the tackles was the one where Ivory bounced it outside and drew a facemask penalty. That one was of course originally designed to go inside too. Those six runs gained just 10 yards (not including the penalty yardage tacked onto the end of Ivory's run).

In the passing game, Johnson had a couple of catches including a nicely timed swing pass. However, he and Ivory each had one go off their hands. Green had one catch for no gain. Each of the fullbacks, Bohanon and Chad Young, had a first down conversion on a catch in the flat, although Young's - which set up the winning kick - was bobbled, Jumbo Elliott-style.

In terms of blitz pickups, there were some mixed results. Ivory had a good pickup and Green had a couple of good pickups, although he was late reacting on a third. Richardson struggled though, missing his block on a play where Simms ended up being sacked and then getting rocked back and called for holding.

The blocking from the fullbacks was actually pretty good. Bohanon had a couple of good lead blocks and Young did too, including an excellent one where he met his man in the hole and drove him out of the play. Young was also aggressive in throwing a chip on the edge, after which he was actually wide open, but not seen by Simms. He did get rocked back once in pass protection though and the runner did run into him and get stuffed at least once. I'm looking forward to seeing this battle develop, although I assume Young is a long-shot right now.

Bilal Powell and Michael Smith did not play and Ivory left early with a rib issue.

Stay tuned for part two, because in our review of the offensive line, there will be a look at one play that shows how while the running game isn't quite in sync yet, they might not be that far off.

Receivers

It's not easy to get much of a read on the receivers when the Jets weren't throwing downfield much. It was good to see Smith connect with Eric Decker, whose route running looked sharp, a couple of times. However, I believe Decker was flagged for offensive pass interference due to a push-off on that play that had already been blown dead. He's a very physical route runner and that might be something to watch for now that the officials will be looking at contact between defensive backs and receivers more closely. Decker did have one play as a blocker where he let his man get off to make a play on Ivory that prevented a possible big gain.

David Nelson got plenty of early reps and made a good cut block on Johnson's touchdown run. He had one short catch but also missed a block and false started once.

Leading the Jets in receptions and looking sharp doing so was Jacoby Ford. He ran a nice route to get open outside for a first down and showed good hands to catch a high pass for one of his other two catches. He failed to get any separation when they looked for him deep though, as he was outmuscled by the defensive back.

Jeremy Kerley was not targeted and Greg Salas did not play due to a hip issue. Obviously Shaq Evans was out too. Stephen Hill was targeted just once and drew a holding penalty as the pass was off his hands. Quincy Enunwa and Saalim Hakim barely played and Jalen Saunders didn't see much action either, although he had a two yard gain on a 3rd and 42 dump-off.

Clyde Gates had a couple of catches, one for a first down, and some good downfield blocking but the longest completion of the day was a 22-yarder from Simms to Michael Campbell who ran a good route to get open on the outside, although he was a little hesitant once he caught the ball.

Finally, the tight ends combined for five catches. Jeff Cumberland caught a first down from Smith over the middle, Zach Sudfeld showed good hands on a high snag on one of his two short catches and rookie Jace Amaro had two nice plays, although he was targeted five times and the three he didn't catch were all possibly catchable, including one where it looked like he saw a hit coming out of the corner of his eye. The two plays he did make showed some promise though. He motioned inside from a wide position, then stopped at the sticks to make a solid third down conversion. That's hard to cover. The other saw him catch the ball in the flat and turn upfield for a nice 13-yard catch and run.

We'll talk about the tight ends fared in terms of their blocking in part two.

Part two will look at the offensive line, part three will cover the defensive front seven and part four will cover the secondary and special teams. We'll be posting these throughout the day.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon welcome some very special guests. Former Jets special teams coach and current SNY Analyst Mike Westhoff joins the show to talk about the preseason matchup against the Giants, the development of the team's defense, and his thoughts on Christian Hackenberg.

Later, former Jets lineman Damien Woody calls in to help break down the offense, discuss how a good line can help a young quarterback, and to chat about the anthem protest issue in the NFL.

Click below to listen!

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(Raj Mehta)

The Jets announced they waived WR Marquess Wilson, and signed TE Brandon Barnes.

Wilson had missed time at Jets camp due to a hip injury, and he wasn't able to play in the team's latest preseason matchup against the Lions on Saturday. 

A seventh-round pick by the Bears in 2013, Wilson hauled in 56 receptions for 777 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons with Chicago. He signed with the Jets in June after becoming a free agent. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Forte returns 00:01:47
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where running back Matt Forte returned for the first time since July 31.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Forte's hamstring is feeling healthy and he's ready for some game action.

The New York Jets running back practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time in more than three weeks and insists he'll be ready to play in the regular-season opener.

"No doubt," said Forte, who was sidelined since July 31 with a hamstring injury that limited him to only individual drills the last several days. >> Read more

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(Kirby Lee)

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan ignored speculation to draft Saints RB Alvin Kamara as he didn't want to take the risk, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta

Kamara is turning heads as the rookie has shown out in his two preseason games with the Saints so far this year. Mehta says the Jets wanted to make a push to draft Kamara this year, but Maccagnan decided to stay where they were on the draft board as he viewed Kamara as too much of a risk.

The Jets drafted WR ArDarius Stewart at No. 79 overall in the third round, but now they are seeing what they could have possibly gotten with Kamara in their backfield. The 5-foot-10, 194 pound back has totaled 118 yards and a touchdown on just 10 touches in two preseason games. 

Kamara is shaping up to be a difference maker if he can continue the pace he is on, and the Jets could certainly have used his talents. However, head coach Todd Bowles believes there are playmakers already on his roster...

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(Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles believes his team will perform better than anyone is expecting them to this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

Bowles spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN radio at camp Monday, and gave the Jets' fan base an encouraging message. 

"I would tell them that we're not going to be a terrible team," Bowles said. "We're going to come out there and fight, and blood, sweat and tears will go out to the city and our fans, and we're going to win more games than everybody ever expected."

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Jeane Coakley on Jets camp 00:01:55
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where Todd Bowles wants more consistency and hopes to name a starting quarterback soon.

 

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he will "probably" name a starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles said on Monday that he wants to first watch film of Saturday's game against the Giants before making an announcement. The Jets will conclude their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Eagles at home on August 31.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson has passed on the duties of team chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, the team announced on Monday.

The anticipated move came after Woody Johnson was sworn in as US Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland on Monday.  

Earlier this month, Woody Johnson was confirmed by the Senate to serve in the role.

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(Jim O'Connor)

Jets fans took to Twitter after Sunday night's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones to jokingly suggest the Night King should be their quarterback.

Warning: Episode spoilers below!

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

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After losing some veterans on the offensive line, the Jets are looking for some answers and reliability in the trenches as they march toward the regular season. 

The offense struggled as a whole in Saturday's loss at the Lions, producing just 85 rushing yards and six total points. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg only went 2-of-6 for 14 yards in the first half. Head coach Todd Bowles attributes that to some issues on the line. 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first 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 Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) 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 Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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