Two days ago, the Jets signed wide receiver Eric Decker to a five years, $36.25m contract. Unlike most of the recent acquisitions by the Jets, Decker is pretty well known. However, I've been reviewing footage from his career so far to assess what he brings to the table.

The 6'3", 214-pound Decker - who turns 27 today - was a third round pick of the Denver Broncos who has been in the league for four years. After catching a total of 50 passes in his first two seasons, he has been one of the more productive receivers in the league over the past two seasons. He has had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in a row, catching over 80 passes in each season and scoring a total of 24 touchdowns.

After the jump, observations from reviewing footage from Decker's career so far to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Eric Decker?

Decker went to college at Minnesota, where he developed into one of the top receivers in the country with 84 catches for over 1,000 yards as a junior. While this was going on, he was also drafted by two Major League Baseball teams. Unfortunately, in his senior season, he suffered a season ending foot injury, cutting another promising season short after eight games.

That injury prevented Decker from working out at the scouting combine or Minnesota's pro day in 2010, hurting his draft stock. The Broncos still took him in the third round, even though his foot injury continued to bother him into the season. Denver were relatively deep at wide receiver, affording them the luxury of bringing him along slowly. He would end up his rookie season with just six catches. In 2011, Decker would catch 44 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. The Broncos traded away their number one receiver, Brandon Lloyd, and reached the postseason with Tim Tebow at quarterback.

2012 signified the arrival of Peyton Manning and Decker's production took off. He caught 85 passes and scored 13 touchdowns in 2012 and then followed that up with 87 receptions and 11 touchdowns in 2013. He also set a career high with 1,288 receiving yards in 2013, over 200 more than in the previous season. He joins the Jets following a trip to the Super Bowl, where the Seahawks defeated the Broncos, holding him to one catch for six yards.

The numbers

Four seasons

62 games, 44 starts (plus six playoff games)

222 catches, 3,070 yards and 33 touchdowns (plus 14 catches for 195 yards in postseason)

61% catch rate

32 drops

One carry for one yard (and one for nine in postseason)

One pass attempt (incomplete)

13 tackles (seven on special teams, all in 2010)

Nine punt returns for 157 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown (plus four for 75 in postseason)

24 kickoff returns for a 25.3 yard average, including a long of 51 yards

Six fumbles, with three lost (two on special teams)

16 penalties (one on special teams)

Observations

Based on all the footage watched, here was what Decker brings to the table, divided into categories:

Measurables - Since Decker didn't work out before the draft, we don't have numbers for him, but he has very good size, his forty speed was estimated by NFL Draft Scout as 4.45 and he has certainly displayed good athleticism on the field. The only thing he did participate in at the combine (other than the weigh-in and interview process) was the Wonderlic test, where his score of 43 was the best of all players that year.

Usage - Decker is a full time player, who was in on almost 90% of the snaps last season with Denver for the 5th highest snap count for all NFL receivers during the regular season. Since they have Wes Welker, he doesn't need to line up in the slot very often. However, he still played 330 snaps in the slot in 2013 which was more than in the previous season. When lined up in the slot, he ended up catching 32 passes (at an 80% catch rate) for 350 yards and two touchdowns, so he was very productive there. The previous season he caught 23 of 25 targets when in the slot.

Decker also lined up five times in the backfield.

Deep threat - Decker caught 15 passes last year on balls thrown more than 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage (for 509 yards and five touchdowns). That came on just 25 attempts for a 60% catch rate. By comparison, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes peaked at around 30% during their time here. Only one player (Desean Jackson) had more than 15 receptions on such throws, but his catch rate was less than 50%. Only two players with more than 10 such targets had a better catch rate than Decker. Of course, who was throwing the ball is a factor here (and something we'll revisit later on), but one of the two players with a better catch rate was Santonio Holmes (8 for 11) and Manning's overall percentage on such throws was just 46% so that doesn't completely explain his success.

For Decker, this did represent an significant improvement over his numbers for 2012, where he caught 34.8% of passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield. Not surprisingly, in 2011, it was even lower - 25.9%. Again, who was throwing him the ball is a factor here.

He did show an ability to get behind the defense, often taking advantage of defensive players biting on play fakes or double moves, but certainly capable of getting a step on his man.

Blocking - Decker has had some good success with blocking since entering the league. His PFF grades for run blocking have been positive in each of his four seasons in the league for a cumulative grade of +8.9 for run blocking and +9.9 for overall blocking. He ranked third in the NFL in 2011 when the Broncos had a more run-oriented offense and 11th last season.

The film backs this up. Decker brings effort and technique, but most of all just an imposing presence. He crashed down on a linebacker or defensive back from the outside effectively on a few plays, including one where he had his target flinching even before he lowered the boom. He was also competent at setting the edge and driving the cornerback out of the play on the outside or downfield. There's shades of Braylon Edwards in terms of how they use him, but unlike Edwards, it's rare that he lets his target get off his block or misses the target altogether. He also avoided any holding or illegal block calls. Good blocking seems to have quietly been one of the attributes the Jets have been placed a premium on for their receivers since Marty Mornhinweg arrived. David Nelson, Josh Cribbs, Greg Salas and Saalim Hakim all showed promise here. Decker could well be better than all of them.

Routes - In 2013, Decker exhibited the ability to run all of the routes in the route tree, apart from a deep corner route. That might just be a Peyton Manning issue, because it seems that isn't a throw he's attempting very often at this stage of his career. There was a pretty even split between each of the different routes and the success he had running each. In terms of double moves, one route he used to good effect was a hitch and go, which saw him earn a couple of penalties and a first down.

On one play against the Saints, he ran a sharp in-out route that caused the cornerback to lose his balance and fall over, leading to an easy touchdown. He is also able to use his size over the middle and downfield to create natural separation.

Hands - Decker has averaged over 10 drops per game season over the last three year, which is obviously disappointing. However, we need to re-calibrate the scale slightly here, because usually when I'm scouting receivers the Jets have signed, they've been role players rather than targeted over 100 times per season. We know Decker can catch the ball, because he's done it over 200 times in three years. This shows he's capable of production that the Jets desperately need. However, it's still worth analyzing these drops in more detail.

Decker actually had five drops in the first four games and then only four in the last 18, so you could say he got over these issues. However, looking at the nature of the drops, nearly all of them came as he had a defender draped all over him or had to dive for the ball. Only two were concentration drops, both on quick screen passes to the slot. Even on these, the pass was inaccurate, one being too high and the other too low. His worst drop was not on a pass, but on an onside kick, where he let the ball go through his hands and the other team recovered. Overall, his six fumbles are hopefully not a major cause for concern because he's had over 260 touches.

When he does catch the ball, Decker usually catches it cleanly and has good technique in terms of staying inbounds, keeping low passes from hitting the turf and using his body to bring the ball in while tightly covered. He can go up and high point the ball, catch it in a crowd and make diving receptions. One in particular saw him make a juggling one-handed grab for a touchdown against the Chiefs. On the basis of all this, I'd stop short of saying he has great hands, but they're at least good.

Decker has a 61% catch rate for his career, which is reasonably good, but it's been much better over the last two years. The results are skewed by 2011 where he only had a 46% catch rate with Tebow and Orton throwing him the ball. His catch rate did fall in 2013, though, dropping from 70% in 2012 to 63%. Looking at the numbers initially, you might have expected that Decker's increased yards per catch average (2013: 14.7 and 2012: 12.6) and lower catch rate could be due to him getting more downfield targets. However, somewhat bizarrely, he actually had a higher catch rate on deep balls and also caught more short passes close to the line of scrimmage. Instead it was on intermediate throws where his percentage suffered.

Yards after the catch - Along with his downfield catch percentage, the one area of statistical improvement Decker showed in 2013 was in terms of yards after the catch. He improved from 310 yards after the catch to 440 and improved his YAC per reception by over a yard to 4.6. That accounts for part of the increase in average yards per catch, although it's still only middle of the pack on a league-wide basis.

You might actually expect Decker to do more in this area, given his returning experience and his combination of speed and size. It would be nice to think that he's improving in this area, but it probably has as much to do with the fact that they threw him more short passes. He did break eight tackles - twice as many as in 2012. Then again, five of those came in an early season game against the Raiders. The screen pass is something Decker added to his arsenal in 2013, though, catching nine of 11 for 61 yards as opposed to just one of two for seven yards in 2012.

One impressive aspect is his physicality. There were several plays where he drove a defender for extra yardage, especially when trying to get into the end zone. I'd definitely say there were more shades of Edwards here.

Intelligence - As noted above, Decker had a sparkling Wonderlic score and has a reputation for being very smart. Despite all the complex audibles at the line, Manning's offenses have a tendency to be pretty simplistic with good execution being the key rather than smoke and mirrors. The Broncos, like the Colts before them, don't vary formations too often and usually run variations on a series of similar looking plays. However, Decker's intelligence should enable him to get to grips with Marty Mornhinweg's arguably more complex system and the emphasis on good execution is a good habit to be bringing with him.

Instincts - Everything I saw suggested Decker's instincts are good. He just looks like he knows what he's doing out there when you watch him closely. In particular, his open field running seemed to show he had a knack for seeing the field and using his blockers.

Special Teams - Decker returned kickoffs and played on kick coverage units as a rookie, to good effect, but hasn't done that since early in 2011. He has returned some punts, including this 90-yarder for a touchdown in 2011. However, he has actually only returned eight other punts in his NFL career and since he'd become a full time starter, it seemed his special teams days were over.

That's until the Broncos went back to him during the postseason, where he had 66 yards on three good returns against the Chargers (and one other return for nine yards later in the postseason). I don't know if the Jets will risk him in that role, but he does have that ability and maybe they will consider it for important games, like they did with Antonio Cromartie on the kick return unit.

Demeanor - Decker isn't as demonstrative as many receivers, although he plays hard, fights for yardage and shows emotion - but not too much emotion - whenever he makes a mistake or a big play.

Attitude - Again, I've seen nothing to suggest Decker has a poor attitude and everything I read on the subject seems positive.

Injuries - Obviously Decker's foot was an issue when he entered the league. He tore ligaments and required surgery. He hasn't missed a regular season game since his rookie season though. He did, however, injure his knee in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, missing the second round game. In 2012, he was listed on the injury report just twice (thigh, ankle), but he was banged up quite a bit in 2013, listed as probable 10 times with shoulder, knee, ankle, thigh and toe injuries.

The possible downside

The major reservation everyone has about this deal - one allayed somewhat by the fact his salary falls well short of the $10-12m annual salary some projected he would command - is that it's expected Decker won't maintain the same level of production he managed with Peyton Manning as his quarterback. While he's reportedly determined to prove he wasn't a product of Manning, we've seen players like Deion Branch, Santonio Holmes and Alvin Harper move from a team with an elite quarterback to a team without one with the result being a significant drop in production.

Some will point to Decker's eight touchdowns in a run-oriented offense in 2011 as a sign that he can still produce without an elite quarterback to throw him the ball. Initially, I had thought you could dispel this theory pretty easily, because the Tebow-led option offense was so run oriented that the defense would usually have nine in the box. Therefore, Decker would only need to beat single coverage or could get behind the defense solely due to the element of surprise actually throwing the ball downfield provided, as was the case on this play in the game where Tebow famously only completed two passes but still led the Broncos to a win.

However, a closer look at the breakdowns and some of the footage from early in the 2011 season shows that Decker was more productive earlier in the season with the clearly non-elite Orton leading a more conventional attack. In the first four games, Decker scored two touchdowns twice and had a 100-yard game and three games with at least five catches. Extrapolating those four games over a whole season suggests he was on course for 80 catches and over 1,000 yards. Therefore, it's actually possible he was going to put up big numbers and Tebow's insertion into the lineup hurt his production - which, given how often they ran the ball, stands to reason.

There's one other reservation you could have about this deal and that's the fact that the Jets have never really had any success from signing a free agent receiver coming from another team. Looking back over some of their past free agent mishaps, fans don't have fond memories of the likes of Art Monk, Jeff Graham, Justin McCareins and Derrick Mason. McCareins was actually traded for rather than a free agent signing, but fits in here because - like the others - he was a number two at best and the Jets were essentially just hoping to catch lightning in a bottle. The Decker signing is different from each of these though.

Monk was signed by the Jets long after his production had started to wane. He had two seasons with fewer than 50 catches after having averaged 74 in his previous four. Derrick Mason was also well past his prime. Although Mason had caught at least 60 passes and missed only a handful of games over the previous 10 seasons, he was 37 and not expected to be a starter. As it turned out, his downfall was much faster than Monk's and the Jets traded him away after a month of the regular season.

McCareins didn't have a bad first season with the Jets, but was too mistake prone to establish himself as a number one and he soon fell out of favor. This is again different to Decker because rather than being in his prime and establishing a high level of production, McCareins had just had one decent year and the Jets were hoping he would continue to emerge.

The closest comparison is Graham. He was 27 and coming off an 82 catch, 1,300 yard season (with the previous year not being too far behind). The thing about the Graham move is that while it is remembered as a disaster, there was a remarkable paucity of talent on those Rich Kotite teams and Graham's production wasn't actually that bad, he just wasn't able to single-handedly provide the veteran impact they needed. The Jets will be hoping that Decker will function as an integral part of the offense rather than being forced to try and carry it.

(Bonus Link: Here's an excellent article that touches on similar themes to those discussed above, reaching a similar conclusion.)

Conclusions

From what I've seen of Decker, he displayed the ability to do pretty much whatever you'd hope to see out of a receiver. He has size, speed, hands and route running ability, which he uses to produce in a variety of different plays. You've heard of quarterbacks that can "make all the throws"? I'd liken Decker to a wide receiver version of that - he can "run all the routes" and "make all the catches". The challenge is the same though - can he be consistent enough to continue making these contributions each week? Of course, a lot of that is going to come down to whoever is tasked with getting him the ball. Presumably this will be Geno Smith, at least in the short term and the hope will be that rather than Decker being brought down by Smith's inadequacies, he's going to help him to overcome them.

It remains difficult to project how close Decker can come to matching the kind of production he's managed over the past two seasons, but even if he falls short there's still a good chance he'll provide a significant upgrade over the next few years to hopefully justify the financial outlay.

Some stats from PFF were used in the completion of this article.

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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets have waived/injured safety Antonio Allen and signed linebacker Freddie Bishop to their active roster, the team announced Saturday. 

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Bent, SNY.TV: 

During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on gameday…

The 49ers season got off to a great start when they shut out the Rams 28-0 in their opener. Unfortunately, they've failed to win since then, with all but three of their losses being by double digits. While, on paper, this looks like the Jets' best remaining chance to get another win this year, the 49ers will be viewing the game in similar fashion. History is against the Jets, as they've only beaten the 49ers twice in their history and just once since 1983. It's also been six years since the Jets won a game in the Pacific Time Zone. 

Let's break down the positional groupings (BGA-style!) for the 49ers to try and highlight what to watch out for.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Jets need to keep Bryce Petty under control and let Matt Forte lead the attack against the 49ers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Jets (3-9) at the San Francisco 49ers (1-11) at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: After a few days of rain in the bay area -- which should do wonders for the generally bad field there -- it looks like things will be dry on game day. But it'll be cloudy with temperatures in the upper 50s or maybe around 60 with light winds.

WHAT IT MEANS: Yawn. … Oh, sorry, what was the question? Right, the meaning of this game. Well, it's mostly about draft order, I guess. Currently, the 49ers are picking second and the Jets are picking fourth or fifth. A win and the Jets put themselves in danger of slipping closer to the bottom of the Top 10. A loss, though, and they've got some potential for a Top 3 pick if things break right. Or wrong. Whatever. Also, I suppose this game has meaning if you're on the Todd Bowles Watch.

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Jets CB Buster Skrine, DE Sheldon Richardson, and RT Breno Giacomini were all fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness penalties committed during Monday night's game against the Colts.

The Jets lost, 41-10.

They face the 49ers this Sunday in San Francisco.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

The following players will be OUT for Sunday's game against the 49ers

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
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The FNNY panel touches on the report that Brandon Marshall told the Daily News he doesn't remember scoring three touchdowns in a 2014 game.

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Willie Colon comments on Nick Mangold's career after the Jets placed him on injured reserve.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates a sack with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (Peter Morgan/AP)
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Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson responded "maybe a little tighter coverage and we get those sacks" when asked why New York was held to one sack in their 41-10 loss to the Colts Monday.

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The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • DT Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • LB Breno Giacomini (back/calf/shoulder)
  • Antonio Allen (concussion)
  • RB Khiry Robinson (leg)
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update

2:15PM: The Jets have decided to shut down C Nick Mangold for the remainder of the season, the team confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

With only one year left on his contract, Mangold's future with New York is up in the air.

The Jets will replace Mangold on the roster by promoting S Doug Middleton from the practice squad.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles explains his decision to have Bryce Petty start the remainder of the Jets' games this season.

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The panel debates just how involved quarterback Bryce Petty should be in the offensive game plan against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jets quarterback Bryce Petty said that despite the Jets' poor situation in the standings, he is excited for the opportunity to take the helm at quarterback. 

Petty came in during Monday night's loss against the Colts and will officially supplant Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday against the 49ers. 

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The Jets inked Todd Bowles' position coaches to extensions prior to the 2016 season, reports Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News

The assistants, who received one-year extensions, are not all expected to return in 2017, according to Mehta.

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The Jets have waived/injured LB Julian Stanford and claimed LB Arthur Brown from the Jaguars, the team announced.

Stanford (ankle), who did not participate in practice on Wednesday, has 15 total tackles in nine games played this season. 

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Brandon Marshall says the Jets remain a united team, according to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press.

Speaking after Wednesday's practice, Marshall downplayed any similiarities to the 2014 Chicago Bears, who went 5-11 in his last season in Chicago.

Marshall also said the siuation in Chicago was "100 times worse" and that Jets head coach Todd Bowles is a primary reason the players are still a cohesive group despite a 3-9 record.

 

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The Jets released their injury report on Wednesday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
  • C Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • LB Breno Giacomini (back/calf/shoulder)
  • LB Julian Stanford (ankle)
  • DE Leonard Williams (illness)
  • S Antonio Allen (concussion)

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

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The Jets announced that they re-signed RB Khiry Robinson and added rookie RB Brandon Wilds to the active roster on Wednesday.

The club also signed rookie DL Claude Pelon to the practice squad.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will serve as New York's backup quarterback for the remainder of the season, while rookie QB Christian Hackenberg will not play unless starting QB Bryce Petty suffers an injury, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Tuesday.

Bowles named Petty the starting quarterback following Monday night's embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Colts, relegating Fitzpatrick to the backup role.

When asked if the rookie quarterback would see any playing time this season, Bowles was quick to say only an injury would lead to Hackenberg taking the field.

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The Jets are free fallin, while Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett have their green hearts broken and are at a loss for answers. But they do find your voicemails…and talk about Bryce Petty, Todd Bowles, an uncertain future, and a nifty play by the pylon.

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New York Jets receiver Jeremy Ross (10) returns a kick-off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Jets receiver Jeremy Ross (10) returns a kick-off against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire)

The Jets have waived RB/KR C.J. Spiller and WR/KR Jeremy Rossthe team announced Tuesday afternoon.

New York also announced the signing of WR Darius Jennings to the practice squad, who will take the place of WR Mario Alford, who has been released. 

Spiller signed with the Jets on Nov. 2 after playing two games for Seattle. Spiller appeared in four games with the Jets, returning five kickoffs for an average of 19.1 yards per return, along with recording three rushes and one reception on offense.

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The Jets were crushed by the Colts, 41-10, on Monday night at MetLife Stadium as they fell to 3-9 on the season. Bryce Petty replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick during the game and will be the starter for the remainder of the season. Here's insight and analysis regarding the Jets' awful Monday night performance...

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick's performance speaks for itself. He only completed one pass beyond the first down marker, had a completion percentage below 50 percent, and punctuated his performance with an interception on the kind of forced throw he's been unable to get away with all season.

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Jets Post Game Live: Report Card 00:03:37
Failing grades abound as Jets Post Game Live hands out report cards for the Jets' performance in Monday's loss 41-10 to the Colts.

Bowles and Petty on ugly loss 00:01:43
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and Quarterback Bryce Petty discuss the Jets' lopsided 41-10 loss against the Colts.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles named Bryce Petty the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season, barring injury, after he replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through Monday's 41-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Bowles said he planned to name Petty the team's starting quarterback for the rest of the year regardless of what happened Monday, adding that Fitzpatrick's ineffectiveness -- 5-for-12, 81 yards, no touchdowns and one interception -- in the loss to the Colts did not factor into the decision.

Petty completed 11 of 25 passes for 135 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as he replaced Fitzpatrick for the second half, entering a 31-3 game. 

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Vacchiano: Petty takes over 00:05:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night.

Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his return from a concussion, throwing for four touchdowns, three to Dwayne Allen, in the Indianapolis Colts' 41-10 romp Monday night past the inept New York Jets.

Not that Luck had to work very hard against the hosts, who were booed by a much-less-than-filled MetLife Stadium almost from the outset.

Luck missed last week's loss to Pittsburgh, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol on the weekend, and came back in style with a prime-time performance. He lifted Indianapolis (6-6) into a tie for the lead in the AFC South with Tennessee and Houston.

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(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

The 54-year-old man who shot and killed former Jets RB Joe McKnight last week has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, according to multiple reports.

McKnight was killed in a shooting in Louisiana on Thursday,

The shooting took place at roughly 3 p.m.

A witness said an argument took place between McKnight and the shooter before the shooter opened fire multiple times.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty has ball batted down by the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Petty replaced Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty has ball batted down by the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Petty replaced Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles benched starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of backup Bryce Petty for the second half of Monday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.

Fitzpatrick completed 5 of 12 passes for 81 yards with an interception and a 30.2 passer rating as the Jets trailed 24-3 at halftime.

Petty is making his first game appearance since Week 10, a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in which he went 19-for-32 with 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Indianapolis Colts, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)

The New York Jets have held a moment of silence before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor former running back Joe McKnight, killed last Thursday in Louisiana.

Authorities said McKnight, 28, was shot during a road rage incident that was possibly sparked by a driver cutting off another on a nearby bridge in Terrytown, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. The shooter was identified by police as Ronald Gasser, 54, and he was released overnight, drawing criticism.

McKnight was rated the nation's No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

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THE GAME: The Indianapolis Colts (5-6) at the Jets (3-8) at the Meadowlands on Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's getting colder around here. A mild day with temperatures near 50 will see the temperatures drop below 40 during the game with the light Meadowlands winds making it feel even colder.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. (Brad Mills)

While the Jets have remained noncommittal about their plans to address the quarterback position, Bryce Petty is hoping to get a chance to prove himself as the franchise's quarterback of the future.

"You know what? I don't know," Petty told New York Daily news about being the team's QB next season. "I can only control so much. I hope so. I really do. I love it here. I love this team. I love Coach. Shoot, it'd blow my skirt up if that was the case… I'm going to work to make that happen. You got to go out and get it."

Petty started against the Rams in Week 10 when Ryan Fitzpatrick was out with an injury, and completed 19 of 32 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. It was the first, and so far the only, start of his career.

While some have questioned why Todd Bowles has not given the young quarterback more opportunities to prove himself, many believe it is because Petty has simply not shown enough during practice to earn the starting job.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Colts-Jets 00:03:19
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano identifies three keys for a Jets victory on Monday as they host the Indianapolis Colts.

THE GAME: The Indianapolis Colts (5-6) at the Jets (3-8) at the Meadowlands on Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's getting colder around here. A mild day with temperatures near 50 will see the temperatures drop below 40 during the game with the light Meadowlands winds making it feel even colder.

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton embrace after their victory over the Chicago Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Thomas J. Russo/USA Today Sports Images)

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During the season, Bent's Game Analysis charts games for some of the New York Jets' upcoming opponents, enabling a breakdown of what to watch out for on game day…

This week's Monday Night Football will see the Jets hosting the 5-6 Indianapolis Colts. Despite having endured a disappointing year so far, the Colts were just one game out of first place in the AFC South entering this weekend. The Colts have lost three of their last four games, albeit to three potential playoff teams in Green Bay, Kansas City and Pittsburgh. The teams met early last year with the Jets defeating the Colts 20-7, again on Monday Night Football, in one of the best performances of the Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan era.

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Brian Bassett welcomes Brian Costello of the New York Post to the podcast, and they take a deep dive into the question of whether or not the Jets are better off today than the day when Woody Johnson flipped the switch from the John Idzik/Rex Ryan regime, to the current Mike Maccagnan/Todd Bowles duo. Later, SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano joins the show to talk about his Thursday conversation with Darrelle Revis at Florham Park, and to share his thoughts on Revis' future with the Jets.


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Jets Game Plan quarterback demo 00:03:17
Ray Lucas and Eric Coleman demonstrate the quarterback position on this edition of Jets Game Plan.

Ray Lucas and Eric Coleman demonstrate the quarterback position on this edition of Jets Game Plan...


GEICO SportsNite: Jets' Williams 00:01:22
Leonard Williams talks about his dominance, while former teammates of Joe McKnight discuss his death and career.

 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson spoke about the death of former Jet and teammate Joe McKnight through a team release on Friday afternoon. 

McKnight, who played for the Jets from 2010-2012, was killed in a shooting incident in Louisiana on Tuesday. 

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

Darrelle Revis has made it pretty clear that he intends to play in 2017, telling SNY "I still have a lot of football to play." He even thinks he can still play football at a high level.

But at what position? And for whom? Neither of those answers are clear just yet. And though it's certainly possible that the Jets will simply part ways with the greatest cornerback they've ever had, a team source insisted not to rule Revis out of the Jets' 2017 plans just yet.

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets released their injury report on Friday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • WR Brandon Marshall (foot, knee)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • WR Devin Smith (illness)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Bassett:

Welp. Let's face it brother, this season has been a bust.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems like the Faustian bargain made by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets on the eve of training camp signaled the end. Since then the trajectory of this team has been steadily downward: horrifying play at QB, the season-ending injury to Eric Decker, the immolation of Darrelle Revis as "player who gives a damn" … it has been rough. Hell, even Muhammad Wilkerson's reputation looks to be streaking down the Alpine Slide at Action Park!

But since we're Jets fans, we are notorious gluttons for punishment. So rather than dwell on all the bad stuff … what causes for hope do you have from what you've seen this season, Bent?

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws the ball during warmups before a game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said young quarterbacks Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg need to get all the reps they can get to continue to develop.

Though the Jets have decided to turn back to Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback for the foreseeable future, Gailey said Petty "needs all of the work he can get," according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

"It helps to play in games. ... The probability in games, you've got a lot better idea of what's going to happen," Gailey said. "In practice, you only have about a 75 percent probability of how they're going to be, how they're to play, and how they're going to progress."

Petty has started just one game -- a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 -- this season before head coach Todd Bowles opted to make Fitzpatrick, who led New York to 10 wins last season, the starter again.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Revis 00:04:28
Football Night in New York discusses Darrelle Revis' struggles and his future in the National Football League amid retirement rumors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Darrelle Revis 00:01:34
Ralph Vacchiano reports from the Jets facility on the Darrelle Revis rumors of him possibly retiring after the 2016 season.

Darrelle Revis, the embattled Jets cornerback, insists that he has given no thought to retirement despite his age and his struggles this season, and that his love for the game of football is as strong as ever. In fact, in an interview with SNY.tv on Thursday, he said any questions about how much he still wants to play are "really bizarre."

That was the 31-year-old Revis' response to the latest round of criticism in what has become a miserable season for the future Hall of Famer. He has struggled on the field in a season he admits is "definitely not" up to his personal standards, and the shots he's taken in the media have been relentless at times.

The latest came in a report in the New York Daily News on Wednesday that quoted a "confidant" of the cornerback saying "If he had his way he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore."

Tags: Darrelle Revis, Ralph Vacchiano
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The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
  • T Breno Giacomini (undisclosed)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • T Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve McLendon
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Jets CB Darrelle Revis would be done playing right now if he had his way, a confidant told Manish Mehta of the Daily News.

"He's done," the confidant said. "If he had his way, he'd be done right now. He doesn't want to play anymore. He's made a lot of money."

The confidant added that Revis "tanked" this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: David Harris 00:01:19
Jets linebacker David Harris talks about the prospect of facing a strong Colts team.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) smiles during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray)

While Muhammad Wilkerson has struggled to put up strong numbers on the stat sheet this season, head coach Todd Bowles has confidence the defensive end will have a good end to the season. 

"He's still getting the kinks out of it sometimes, but he's feeling a lot better now, so I expect to see a lot better Mo," Bowles told reporters following Wednesday's practice. 

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke to the media following Wednesday's practice. Here is what we learned...

  • It's still uncertain whether or not injured center Nick Mangold will play on Monday night against the Colts. 
  • With lack of creating turnovers, the team has been working hard in practice to get them. "We [are] trying everything we can to get them," Bowles said. "It's just not falling our way right now." 
  • WR Devin Smith has returned to practice and has no restrictions on what he can do. So far, according to Bowles, Smith is almost caught up with the offense.
Tags: Devin Smith, Indianapolis Colts, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold
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