Earlier today, the Jets announced that they had signed offensive lineman Bruce Campbell to the 90-man roster, using up the spot freed up by Jermaine Cunningham being put on injured reserve. Jets fans might not know too much about Campbell, so I've been watching game footage to get an idea of what he brings to the table.

The 26 year-old Campbell was a fourth round pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2010 and has also spent time with the Carolina Panthers. He has played guard and tackle, but never started an NFL game.

After the jump, I look in detail at his career so far with a review of footage from last year to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Bruce Campbell?

Campbell was a solid lineman at Maryland and having announced his intention to enter the draft early, he became a hot prospect with a spectacular combine performance which saw him run a 4.75 forty yard dash. Not bad for a player listed at 6'6" and 320 pounds. He also did 34 bench press reps. Most sources had Campbell as a potential first round pick, with some even putting him in or around the top 10. However, he surprisingly dropped all the way to the fourth round where the Raiders took him.

Newsday's Bob Glauber reported that the reason for this fall was because some teams had diagnosed him with a severe learning disability.

Four years into his career, it seems teams were definitely correct to be wary of drafting him in the first round, as he's only really been a role player so far. Scouting reports said that his technique was ahead of the curve for an early entry candidate and obviously his measurables are outstanding, but he's yet to establish himself as capable of fulfilling a starting role.

In 2010, he played just 10 snaps with the Raiders, as he only saw action on offense in one game. That came after he had been converted from tackle to guard in preseason. In 2011, the Raiders switched from a zone based run blocking scheme to a power running scheme and again Campbell, now back at tackle, didn't see much time - nine snaps in five games. After the season, he was traded to the Panthers - for ex-Jet Mike Goodson.

In 2012, Campbell again didn't see much action, although he filled in at guard for 22 snaps in the penultimate game of the season. Other than that, he only played 13 other snaps, usually as an extra blocker. 2013 saw him suffer a shoulder injury in preseason that caused him to end up on season ending injury reserve.

He worked out for the Jets earlier this offseason and attended the rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, but the Jets obviously preferred Marcus Zuševics, who they signed instead. Campbell then looked to have signed for Washington, but failed his physical and ended up not signing. He joins a Jets team desperate for short-term help at tackle with Zuševics (leg) and Brent Qvale (head) suffering injuries earlier this week. Right now, while they do have plenty of players who can fill in at tackle in a pinch, the Jets don't really have a second team right tackle to pair with Ben Ijalana, unless they move Patrick Ford - who had been playing guard - out there, or get someone else to play double duty.

Here's a couple of examples of his work in short yardage situations. He's lined up on the left each time, wearing 74 here and 73 here.

Here's a great article I found from the excellent Cat Scratch Reader (a Panthers blog). This breaks down, with some examples, some of the things Campbell can do and where some of his weaknesses lie.

According to the above article, Campbell's athleticism is good but his technique is inconsistent. However, when he puts it all together, he shows promise. That was written in February 2013, so now let's review his performance in the 2013 preseason game he played against the Bears to see if he showed signs of progress from there.

2013 Preseason - Bears at Panthers

In this game, he entered with six minutes left in the first and played at right tackle for the rest of the game. It was his only preseason appearance as the shoulder injury emerged the following week. It makes sense to assess him as a tackle, because the Jets have plenty of options at guard but are hurting for tackles at the moment. For more on his abilities as a guard, read the above article.

- On the first drive, the Panthers drove to near midfield but then had to punt. On one play, Campbell set the edge well but the run was stuffed anyway. On another, the run went the other way, but he took his man and drove him out of the play, turning him round in the process. In pass protection, he got some help from his right guard but didn't seem to need it on a 21-yard completion. On the next one, he managed to keep his man on the outside, although he did lunge a bit, relying on his long arms rather than footwork.

- The next drive again saw the Panthers move to near midfield before throwing a pick. As a run blocker he made one kickout block on a run the other way for 11, but on another play he didn't make a clean second level double team block and the run was forced out for a loss. In pass protection, he coped okay on three quick passes, but allowed pressure on two others (which actually both got completed for first downs). The first saw him caught out as the defensive tackle set a pick for the end to stunt inside and then came off that to also pressure the quarterback. The second saw him lose inside leverage and get driven back into the quarterback.

- The next drive saw a turnover on the first play. Campbell repelled a spin move and then recovered as the end started to drive him back.

- The next drive was a three-and-out. He made a couple of good run blocks (second level, kick-out) and then relied on his arm length again to stay on top of an inside move.

- The last drive of the first half saw the Panthers eat up four and a half minutes of game time and score the go-ahead touchdown. One thing that was interesting here was that early on in the drive, Campbell blocked the end cleanly but allowed a safety blitz unblocked off the edge as the right guard tried to give him help. On two occasions after that, they adjusted and Campbell got over to pick up the safety with the guard coming across to block the end. On another play, Campbell allowed his man outside and then drove him upfield so that the quarterback could step up to make a first down throw. However, he didn't look comfortable when backpedalling and at the end of the play he let his man get back to pressure the throw from behind. On another, he lost his man on a spin move to the inside, but the quarterback threw the ball before the pressure could get there. They mostly passed on this drive, but there was one zone play to the outside, where he moved well, although the runner was forced to cut back. The drive ended with this play which saw Campbell do a good job on an initial double, peeling off to the second level.

- Into the second half, the next drive saw the Panthers drive into Bears territory but then turned it over. He had a good block in pass protection as the Panthers had a moving pocket and the quarterback rolled to his side. He drove his man upfield and sealed him to the inside on that one. Campbell also had a decent kickout block but again lunged into it a bit. On one play he blocked his man at the point of attack but let him get off too easily to make a tackle on a six yard gain up the middle. The turnover was a fumbled snap where Campbell was driven back into the backfield and his man probably would have blown the play up anyway.

- Now late in the third quarter, the next drive again ended in a punt with Carolina still leading. The most notable thing on this drive was that Campbell allowed his man to penetrate and the runner got redirected as a result.

- There were two drives in the fourth quarter, the first of which led to a 50-yard field goal. On the first play, Campbell looked to pull left, but the defensive tackle barged into him to knock him off-course. It still went for 13, but only because the back broke a couple of tackles. He did well to re-anchor himself on a couple of plays where the pass rusher had him moving backwards later on in the drive. Campbell did false start on one play here.

- The last drive saw Campbell starting to show signs of apparent tiredness. (Note: His shoulder injury may already have been affecting him by this point and if you've ever had one, you'll know they can sap your energy). He did play 52 snaps. On a couple of plays his pad level let him down and he allowed penetration although the run went the other way each time. On another, he was laboring as the quarterback scrambled and he tried in vain to get out to make a block for him.

Observations

Based on all the footage I watched, here was my take on what Campbell brings to the table, divided into categories:

Usage - Campbell is versatile, as he has played both tackle spots, both guard spots and as a jumbo package tight end. That comes in handy for a player whose best chance of making a roster is probably as a versatile backup.

Measurables - As noted, Campbell's measurables are spectacular. Whether his strength was affected by his shoulder injury last year remains to be seen, but his numbers are very good.

Athletic Ability - Campbell has an explosive first step and moves well laterally and in space, where he's extremely agile. For him, it's more about winning leverage battles and keeping a consistent pad level. Knowing his assignment is obviously crucial too.

Run Blocking - There are times where Campbell looks really good in the running game, but he also loses at the point of attack sometimes and allows penetration. As noted a few times, he has a tendency to lunge and reach with his arms as he seeks to overcome inadequate or lazy footwork. However, because his arms are so long, he often gets away with this.

Penalties - Campbell doesn't have any penalties in his NFL career. However, he's only played 54 snaps, so that's not really all that impressive. He did have the one false start in that preseason game against the Bears.

Pass Protection - As with his run blocking, Campbell moves well to get himself into position, but sometimes loses the leverage battle or allows his opponent to get separation by winning the hand-fighting battle. He again relies on his long arms a lot too. He didn't get really badly beaten though, which is positive, and he seemed to do a good job of dealing with stunts.

Attitude - Campbell obviously has those concerns over his intelligence and that can't have been helped by the constant changes in scheme, team and position. Still, he seems to have overcome these challenges to earn himself a reserve role in the past. It can't be ideal for him to be changing teams yet again though, although he should be well equipped to handle it.

Injuries - Campbell missed all of last year with a rotator cuff injury suffered last August. He entered the NFL with doubts over his durability following injury issues as a senior, but the shoulder injury was his first since entering the league.

Scheme Familiarity - As noted, Campbell has played in zone and power-man schemes, so that should serve him well as he joins a Jets system with a scheme that uses elements of both.

Conclusions

Campbell doesn't have a particularly impressive resume and it seems unlikely he would have time to get comfortable enough within the system to earn a roster spot. Still, having missed all of last year right at the point when he might have been set to take a step forward, perhaps he does have more to offer than he did the last time he played in an NFL regular season game at the end of 2012.

While the Jets perhaps felt Zuševics had more upside when they signed him and not Campbell back in May, maybe Campbell is a good option for a backup role. He certainly looked reliable enough and like he knew what he was doing in that preseason footage, albeit that he was facing backups.

In many ways, the fact he struggles to pick up pro-level schemes, but has been moved from pillar to post is reminiscent of the recently-departed Vladimir Ducasse. However, Ducasse was able to achieve a lot more in his first four seasons, even if he didn't do enough to remain with the Jets.

Campbell's versatility makes him useful and he'll likely play an important role in terms of protecting Mike Vick and/or Matt Simms/Tajh Boyd in preseason. However, barring a rash of injuries on the line, his chances of still being with the team in a month are somewhat slim.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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…

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

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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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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…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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