Yesterday, the Jets signed quarterback Graham Harrell, following a series of injuries to their quarterbacks corps. Harrell may have just been brought in for cover, but there's a chance he could play tonight and, who knows, perhaps give himself a chance to end up on the active roster somewhere down the line. Jets fans might not know too much about Harrell, so in today's Bent's Game Analysis, I'll be sharing my observations on Harrell having taken a look at game footage to see what he brings to the table.

The 28-year old Harrell put up monster numbers at Texas Tech was was viewed as a system quarterback entering the draft and not only went undrafted, but was unable to sign a contract with any NFL team. Over the last three seasons, he's been with the Packers, either on their practice squad or the active roster and he entered camp this year as their number two, only to be beaten out for that role by former first-round pick Vince Young. The Jets signed him shortly after he cleared waivers.

After the jump, I'll review his career so far and look in detail at some of the footage from preseason so far to try and evaluate what he could provide the Jets with.

Who is Graham Harrell?

Harrell went to Texas Tech, where he was able to put up impressive numbers playing in their run and shoot style offense. In fact, he is fourth all-time in FBS passing yardage. However, if you look at the list, despite the fact 16 of the top 20 played within the last decade, only Philip Rivers is an NFL starter. For what it's worth (which we've basically established is nothing), Geno Smith is 25th on that list, one place below Russell Wilson. At the end of his college career, Harrell went undrafted and, although he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Browns minicamp, went unsigned. After trying out for some UFL teams, he spent a year in Canada.

The Packers signed him in 2010 and he was released on cut-down day and added to their practice squad. He joined the active roster in December, but did not see any action. In 2011, the same thing happened: Released on cut-down day, activated in December and did not see any action. In 2012, he actually made the team and saw action in his first NFL game on September 30th, when Aaron Rodgers was poked in the eye with the Packers down in the red zone. On his first NFL play, Harrell tripped over his center as he tried to make a hand-off and the ball was fumbled. Fortunately, the Packers still won the game and Harrell did go on to throw four passes (completing two for 20 yards) in mop-up duties later in the year.

In preseason action, he was unremarkable for the first few seasons. In 2010, he had a QB rating of 67.4 and completed 52% of his passes. 2011 saw a slight improvement, with 58% completions and a 75.7 rating. In 2012, entering the final preseason game, he was struggling with a QB rating of 54 and a completion percentage of 51% but then had a great final game (albeit against backups on a team that would end up with the number one pick) completing 13-of-15 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and a perfect QB rating. That elevated his 2012 preseason numbers to 58% completions and a 78.2 QB rating, which were enough to land him a spot on the active roster.

Let's now look in detail at how he has performed this preseason...

Week 1 - Cardinals

* Eight yard throw to TE on out pattern to convert on third and seven. TE was matched up with a LB.

* Interception as he threw to his receiver breaking to the inside, but he stumbled coming out of his break and then collided with the safety. I often criticize quarterbacks for waiting until after the receiver has made his break before making a throw, but Harrell trusted his receiver too much on this and Patrick Peterson was easily able to drop off for the interception and return into Packer territory. It wasn't the best play design either, with the routes overlapping to some extent.

* Timing pattern to the receiver just short of the first down marker. Receiver tried to turn upfield as he caught it and had the ball knocked out of his hands.

* Quick slant to receiver for 22 to convert on third and six. The throw was very slightly behind the receiver, but credit him for making the adjustment without breaking stride, to beat his man for extra yardage.

* Stepped up in the pocket and took off for the sideline. Dived for the marker, picking up the first down on 2nd and seven.

* Quick drop and throw to the outside. Receiver tackled immediately for four.

* Deep throw down the right sideline led receiver, who wasn't really open anyway, out of bounds.

* Sacked and lost a fumble as the pressure was on him immediately off the edge.

* Throw to the outside receiver who had room to turn upfield for a couple more yards (gaining six) and draw a facemask penalty.

* Play-action and throw outside for six.

* Nine yards on back foot dump off to RB as he back-pedaled with the pocket collapsing.

* Throw to sideline on 3rd and one initially caught but then the cornerback was able to jar it loose for an incompletion.

* Dropped from under center and threw outside for a four yard gain to a tightly covered receiver who made a leaping catch.

* Flushed from the pocket and rolled right, throwing on the run to receiver who appeared to make a low catch but the officials ruled that it was incomplete.

* Entering the second half, he play-faked and checked down for two.

* Quick throw to the man in the slot for five.

* Overthrew on throw to the outside on 3rd and three.

* Dump-off to the running back for three yards.

* First down throw to receiver, perfectly timed as the receiver broke back for the ball beyond the marker and it was already on its way.

* WR screen to the outside receiver goes for no gain as the slot guy totally whiffs on his block.

* Almost escaped an unblocked blitz off the edge (from the Honey Badger) but was brought down by the ankles for a 12-yard loss.

* 3rd and 22 deep ball down the right sideline is overthrown and out of bounds.

Harrell's numbers: 12-for-19 for 76 yards. Obviously he was completing a series of shorter passes, but his percentage was good (especially considering there was a couple of drops). I was actually reasonably impressed with his performance, which came against second-stringers.

Week 2 - Rams

* His first pass was batted into the air and appeared to be intercepted by a diving linebacker, although it was ruled incomplete and there was a defensive pass interference penalty anyway. Close inspection of the replay did seem to show the defender arrive just before the ball, but it was a borderline call and definitely a risky throw by Harrell.

* Nice throw down the middle to receiver running down the seam went right through his hands.

* 13-yard completion on third and eight as he gunned a throw over the middle to the tight end.

* Back-pedaled and threw a screen pass off his back foot but lobbed it too high over the back's head.

* Flushed out of the pocket and rolled right throwing to a receiver coming back to the ball just short of the marker, but he dropped it.

* With nobody open on 2nd and six, he took off and ran for an easy ten yards out of bounds on the left sideline.

* Throw to the tight end on a short curl, allowing him to turn upfield and make eight yards.

* Rolled left on second and two, but his intended receiver, the left tight end was knocked off course at the line, so he kept it and dived for the marker but came up short following a good open field tackle.

* On third and one, he threw a quick slant to a tightly covered receiver. It was low, but seemed catchable, falling incomplete.

* On fourth and one, he caught a low snap, then evaded pressure and picked up three and a first down on a scramble, only for it to be negated by an illegal block.

* Late in the half, the Packers got the ball back with 35 seconds to go and at the Rams' 40-yard line. Harrell opened with a 10-yard completion to a TE lined up in the slot, as he ran downfield and stopped his route in front of the zone defense.

* Quick throw to TE to the inside for seven.

* Throw to the end zone down the right sideline was wide and overthrown.

* With 13 seconds to go and at the 27-yard line, he threw a quick out for six, but the receiver got tackled inbounds so they had to settle for a field goal.

Harrell showed some different throws in this game, particularly down the middle. His final numbers (5-10-44) were again not very good, but he was let down by a few more drops. It was interesting to see him doing a good job of commanding the offense even in no-huddle situations.

Week 3 - Seahawks

* Went after Richard Sherman with a deep throw down the right sideline. This seemed to be pretty accurate and Sherman recovered late to slow down the receiver with some pretty physical play that he might have been lucky to get away with.

* 3rd and 11 pass was batted down at the line.

* Back-pedaled and dumped off to the running back who gained 11 on a designed screen.

* Threw a quick pass to TE in the flat for six on third and four.

* Threw to the outside receiver as he broke to the inside. It looked like the receiver wasn't expecting the ball, but he reacted to make a tough catch, then tried to make a move and fumbled it away. Again, if anything, Harrell threw this ball too early, maybe in an effort to over-compensate for hesitation issues in the past, perhaps?

* Another throw deep down the right sideline, this time getting the penalty from Sherman, who tripped the receiver.

* Out pattern to slot receiver, who turned upfield and gained 14, again on Sherman.

* Throw to receiver on the outside was too high and over his head.

* Pass batted down at line of scrimmage.

* 3rd and 10 square in to the receiver who tried to get to the marker but was stopped short.

* 4th and two at the four yard line. TE leaks out and makes a juggling catch just inside the end zone. The throw was put where it had to be, but unfortunately it wasn't brought in cleanly and the replay booth overturned the score.

* Back shoulder throw to receiver running down the seam was dropped.

* Overthrew pass on a deep out.

* Under pressure in pocket, he tried to flip it to the running back in the flat, but threw it behind him. The running back fell on the lateral pass for a loss.

* Throw over the middle into double coverage draws a penalty as the linebacker hit the defenseless receiver.

* On third and 18, they ran a TE screen and, after having to field a low snap, Harrell's pass went for just two.

The interesting thing here was that Harrell was working with and against first stringers for much of the first half. His final numbers weren't that impressive (6-for-13 for 44 yards), but he didn't look out of his depth by any stretch. The biggest change was probably in terms of the defensive linemen being able to bat down a couple of his passes. He had a couple of inaccurate throws, but again a couple were dropped, hurting his numbers. What Harrell didn't manage to do during preseason was get his team into the end zone and that's probably what led to him losing his job.

Conclusions

Let's break down what I saw into categories.

Arm Strength

Arm Strength is reputedly somewhere Harrell needed to improve and had worked on increasing that since last season. I didn't see him float any passes and he did put a bit of extra mustard on some throws over the middle to ensure they got there. At the same time there were a few passes where the ball didn't really get their early enough and the receiver was tackled immediately.

Accuracy

Harrell did have some inaccurate throws, notably whenever he threw that deep pass down the right sideline. He never threw a deep pass down the middle or to the left, but kept putting his throw too wide to give the receiver a chance to catch it. At least it's safer to overthrow than to underthrow when you're going to the outside and that did seem to be the case. I'd give him credit for putting a lot of his throws in a place where only his intended target could catch it. I'd also say that he gave his receivers plenty of opportunities to create extra yardage by hitting them in space and not requiring them to break stride or reach back for the ball too often.

Decision Making

For the most part, Harrell went with his first read and did a good job of taking what the defense gave him. There were one or two risky throws, but not many. When plays broke down and he had to scramble, he mostly took a smart, safe option, other than that one play where he threw a bad lateral pass. He didn't hesitate too much in the pocket and, as noted, he wasn't afraid to make a throw to a receiver who hadn't yet made his break.

Mobility

Harrell seems to move pretty well in the pocket and has had the benefit of sitting behind and learning from someone who is very good at that. When he took off to scramble he made some smart yardage, although he doesn't seem to be particularly fast or athletic. He didn't seem to be under pressure much, perhaps because he threw so many quick passes.

Scheme Familiarity

Green Bay runs a west coast offense, so the transfer into Mornhinweg's system should hopefully be a smooth one. He operated under center, in the shotgun and in no-huddle situations, so he should be prepared for almost anything.

Overall

I'm not sure if the Jets intend to play Harrell tonight or if he's just there as emergency cover for Matt Simms, who might even get the whole game. Beyond that, I have no idea whether he's in their longer term plans either. However, from what I saw of him, he could be an adequate backup. I'd put him on a par with Greg McElroy in terms of perhaps not being likely to develop into a full-time starter, but certainly someone who could be in the league into his thirties in a backup capacity.

Harrell never had a 100+ rating in preseason as the likes of Brett Ratliff, Kellen Clemens and Erik Ainge all did in the past, but at the same time, he was working as a second stringer, not a third stringer. Losing out to Vince Young is hardly something to fill you with confidence though.

I'd like to see Harrell get a chance to play tonight. If he plays like he did in the rest of preseason, I think that will impress some people, based on the level of play from the Jets quarterbacks so far this year.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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)
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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)

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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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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