Yesterday, the Jets signed free agent wide receiver Jason Hill. Jets fans might not know too much about Hill, so I’ve been looking at game footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Hill had signed with the Denver Broncos in the offseason, but failed to make the final roster and had been sitting unsigned since then. He's been in the league since 2007, but never lived up to his initial potential after he set records at Washington State and ran a 4.32 at the combine, enticing the 49ers to draft him in the third round.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from Hill's time in the league to evaluate some of his strengths and weaknesses.

Who is Jason Hill?

Hill is probably best known, especially among Jets fans, for trash talking the Jets and Darrelle Revis prior to their game against the Jags last season. Hill was inactive and the Jags lost 32-3. However, he has plenty of NFL experience catching 70 passes for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. During his first season, he struggled with injuries, catching just one pass in five games. However, he started to emerge in his second season, ending up with a career best 30 catches. He caught four passes for 39 yards, making a couple of nice plays in a late season game against the Jets, where Shaun Hill led the Niners to a 24-14 win, putting a dent in the Jets' playoff hopes. 2009 was a disappointment as he was mostly inactive and only caught nine passes and in 2010 he was waived, re-signed and then waived again by the 49ers, but was picked up by the Jaguars and did a pretty good job for them over the last few weeks. He caught 25 passes with the Jaguars last year in just ten games, which was second on the team. He also set career bests in yardage (367) and touchdowns (3). Even so, he was released at the end of November, as the Jaguars decided to give more playing time to some of their younger receivers.

The Numbers

Five seasons

50 games

13 starts, of which 10 were in 2011

76 catches, 1,028 yards, eight touchdowns

13.5 yards per catch (10.1 with SF, 17.1 with Jacksonville)

63% catch rate (83% with the 49ers, 49% with the Jags)

Five drops, of which four were in 2011

Two carries for five yards (nine yard gain and four yard loss)

One fumble (not lost)

One kick return for 30 yards

17 special teams tackles, including 10 in 2008, three missed tackles, one penalty

Five drawn penalties, Four offensive penalties committed

15 20+ yard plays and three 40+ yard plays

Already we can infer some things just from the numbers. Hill can clearly make some long plays (check the highlights Bassett posted earlier to see some of these), but he can also operate effectively as more of a possession receiver type. His horrible catch rate numbers in Jacksonville can be partially attributed to the struggles of Blaine Gabbert, but the book on him in 2011 was that he didn't emerge as the number one receiver they were hoping and he dropped too many balls - with many of them apparently coming on slant patterns - which was unusual since drops had never been an issue with the 49ers. We also know Hill is confident, maybe irrationally so, based on the Revis comments.

Observations

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

Usage - In 2008, he was primarily a slot receiver, but in 2009, 2010 and 2011 he was mostly on the outside. With the Jets, I'd expect him to remain in that role.

Deep threat - Hill's career numbers on throws more than 20 yards downfield are 8-for-23 for 282 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. That's not actually a bad percentage (35%) when you consider that both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes were at 30% in 2010. In fact, Hill's percentage was much higher than that entering last season, but he was just two for 10 on throws more than 20 yards downfield by Gabbert. To see Hill going deep, see Bassett's clips from earlier, which comprised a 74 yard touchdown and a 37 yard gain on plays where there was a coverage breakdown and a 48 yard touchdown on a play where he burned safety Michael Huff.

Blocking - Hill has average size, but did make some good blocks. In particular, he showed a good ability to come from the outside to set the edge on a linebacker or defensive back, although there was one play where he tried to do that to Manny Lawson and got driven into the backfield where the runner tripped over him. He also made some good downfield blocks. An example is here, as he sustains his downfield block on Nnamdi Asomugh at the 40-yard line to set up a long touchdown run. He also reacted well on a broken play to take Reggie Nelson out of the play.

Routes - In all the footage I watched, there were just three plays where there was a miscommunication between Hill and the quarterback, although you can never tell whose error that was. However, there was one where he stopped his route and allowed OJ Atogwe to jump in front of him for a pick. In terms of his technical route running ability he showed an ability to get open on simple in, out and curl routes. He also showed an ability to improvize downfield when a play breaks down and obviously has the speed to run an effective go-route.

Hands - Until last season, Hill only had one drop in his NFL career. However, in 2011 he dropped four passes, three on slants and one on a bubble screen. He also had a very low catch rate. He didn't make too many highlight reel-type grabs, with perhaps the best ones being a tough diving catch with a man draped all over him and a juggling catch on a ball thrown behind him, both with the Jags.

Yards after the catch - Statistically, he didn't light it up in this category, averaging between four and five yds after the catch (which is basically average) in every season but one (2009, where he only caught nine passes). However, as a measure of how good he is at making extra yardage, he broke a total of 20 tackles from 2008 to 2011. By way of a comparison, Santonio Holmes broke 32. However Hill had 75 catches over that timespan, whereas Holmes had 259, more than three times as much. There were plenty of examples of this, including a play where he slipped one tackle and span out of another on 3rd and seven to get to the marker (only to be victimized by a bad spot). On another play, he broke Cortland Finnegan's tackle on the outside and then another tackle downfield for a 24-yard pickup down the sideline. In that game against the Jets in 2008, he broke Dwight Lowery's tackle on a slant route and almost scored, only to have Hank Poteat knock the ball loose at the goal line for his only career fumble. He also converted a third down by breaking a Revis tackle, perhaps explaining in part that over-confidence.

Special Teams - On special teams, he was pretty productive in kick coverage and employed as an effective primary gunner on the punt unit with San Francisco. I don't know that he'll be as effective in that role now he's a little older, but he definitely made some impressive plays.

Demeanor - As you'd probably expect, given the confidence his Revis comments showed, Hill is pretty excitable, gets fired up after big plays and shows some cockiness. Maybe that's something this team could use. However, reports suggested that he was disgruntled with his lack of opportunities in 2009 and displayed poor body language, so it might be a challenge to keep him happy.

2012 Preseason

As noted earlier, Hill was with the Broncos in preseason. He had a good game in Week 1, but didn't do much thereafter. Here's a detailed breakdown of the plays he was involved in:

Week 1 at Chicago

- With four minutes left in the second quarter, he looked sharp as he caught a pass on an in-route from the outside and slipped two tackles, stopped just short of the goal line on a six yard play.

- Went deep down the sideline but the pass hung in the air and the safety came over to break it up.

- Lined up out wide and made a catch over the middle with a defender on his back for 10 on 2nd and 11.

- 19-yard TD on a quick slant as he caught the ball in stride and dragged the defender over the goal line.

Week 2 v Seattle

- Late in the third quarter, he lined up as a gunner on the punt team and made the tackle, getting off his block to shove Leon Washington out of bounds. However, he didn't get down there too fast and it was a 12 yard return.

- Hill was in on 10 offensive snaps, but only targeted once. He was open on the outside, but the throw was wide and out of his reach as he made a diving attempt.

Week 3 v San Francisco

- With 2:36 to go, Hill caught a 21-yard pass but it was negated by a holding penalty. The protection broke down and the quarterback started to scramble, then flipped a shovel pass to Hill in the flat. He broke a tackle to get the downfield yardage.

- On the next play, Hill ran a curl route downfield, but dropped the ball badly as he started turning upfield before securing the catch. This was his only official target for Hill in 27 snaps.

Week 4 at Arizona

- On the third play of the game, Hill caught a pass but was stopped for no gain. Patrick Peterson read the bubble screen perfectly and dropped Hill as soon as he caught the ball.

- Shortly before half time, he went deep, but Mike Adams made a leaping breakup as he was right with Hill. He was just targeted twice in 37 snaps.

Conclusions

I'm not sure what kind of shape Hill will be in, but in preseason he looked pretty sharp, other than that one drop. In terms of how he can be best used by the Jets, I'm not sure that's been determined yet. In his career so far, he has been a possession receiver (with a high catch rate and a low average) and more of a downfield threat (with a high average and a low catch rate).

Hill is an NFL-level talent with some good physical ability, but has never really lived up to his potential and - as you'd expect from anyone available at this point of the season - isn't close to being an elite receiver. However, he has some experience and some residual upside, so it could prove to be a positive move for the Jets.

I'd expect his reps to be restricted at first, because he'll need some time to learn the playbook, but once he's ready (assuming he's in good shape too), I'd expect him to compete for playing time with Stephen Hill and Chaz Schilens on the outside. Hopefully, the Jets will have upgraded the position here, but read what you may into the fact they can do that with an unsigned veteran off the street.

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

After Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, second-string quarterback Bryce Petty said he feels "ready" to step up for New York's Week 15 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

"I am going to give my heart and soul and prepare for this week for New Orleans," Petty said, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "Whatever happens in the future, happens, but all I can do is worry about things I can control. Whether Josh plays, or whether he doesn't, I am going to go in there prepared and ready to lead this team."

Given McCown's injury is on his non-throwing hand, it is unclear if he will play during the team's final three games of the season. Head coach Todd Bowles said McCown will undergo further tests this week to evaluate his status for the rest of the season.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

Jets quarterback Josh McCown suffered a broken left hand in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters.

"It just sucks," an emotional McCown, who was brought to tears at the podium, said after the game.

McCown left the game late in the third quarter with the Jets trailing 20-0. He previously left the game in the first half after scrambling for a first down, but returned two plays later.

He walked off the field and underwent X-rays during the game. It is unclear if the injury will end McCown's season, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McCown will undergo further tests, Bowles said.

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The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, 23-0.

Bowles and McCown on 23-0 loss 00:02:13
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and quarterback Josh McCown talk about what went wrong for the Jets in their 23-loss to Denver.

The Jets recorded 100 yards of total offense and turned the ball over twice as they were shut out against Von Miller and the Denver Broncos, 23-0, Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Josh McCown threw an interception and lost a fumble before leaving the game late in the third quarter due to a left hand injury. Bryce Petty completed just two of nine passes for 14 yards in his absence.

Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 48 rushing yards on 19 attempts, while Robby Anderson, who totaled 253 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the past two games, was limited to three catches for 27 yards.

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Jets safety Jamal Adams sits with Jeane Coakley to discuss his relationship with Marcus Maye and what it's like to play for Todd Bowles.

New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

RB Matt Forte, G Brian Winters, and WR Robby Anderson are all active for the Jets on Sunday in their road matchup against the Denver Broncos. 

Anderson was questionable after being limited in practice due to a hamstring injury, while Forte has been hampered by a knee injury. Winters has dealt with an abdomen issue.

QB Christian Hackenberg, CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, OLB Freddie Bishop, LB Bruce Carter, OLB Ben Ijalana, and OL Jonotthan Harrison are inactive for the Jets.

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SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a New York Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his 3 keys to a Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are back in the studio for another edition of The Jet Stream podcast, as they look back at an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the guys welcome Connor Hughes of NJ.com to the show to discuss Todd Bowles' job security and the benching of Muhammad Wilkerson. Later, Jets safety Rontez Miles calls in to talk about Bowles and his two rookie teammates, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass against the Buffalo Bills during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) at Sports Authority field at Mile high in Denver, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4:05 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER:

December in Denver is always a little nicer than I think it's going to be. Temperatures on Sunday should be slightly over 60 with light winds and sunny skies.

WHAT IT MEANS

It means everything to the Jets. They are two games behind the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the last wild-card spot in the AFC with only four games to play, so they can't afford any slip-ups. They also have to hope for some help because just to get to the Ravens, they have to jump over the Chargers, Bills and Raiders, who are all one game ahead of the Jets. It's not going to be easy. It's probably impossible. But the Jets have no shot if they don't win all four of their remaining games.

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Todd Bowles gives the reaction of the season after a short press conference, and Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys for a Jets win.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles was ecstatic about how short his post-practice press conference was on Friday. 

Bowles, who is usually reserved, couldn't hold in his happiness after the press didn't have any more questions for him.

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New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills corner back Tre'Davious White during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will play in Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos despite being limited at practice on Thursday due to a hamstring injury, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Friday.

The Jets listed running back Matt Forte (knee) and offensive guard Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) as questionable, while linebacker Bruce Carter was ruled out due to a groin injury.

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) talks to his line before the snap against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today...

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GEICO SportsNite: McCown 00:03:38
The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.

The Football Night in New York crew discuss if Josh McCown will return to the Jets next season and debate Steve Spagnuolo's future.


New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates with wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) after Enunwa scored a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze)

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa was named the Jets' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, reports Sports Illustrated.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles is not undermining the reeling Broncos ahead of the team's trip to Denver this weekend for a Sunday afternoon matchup.

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Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.

Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.


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)

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) was a limited participant at practice on Thursday after missing on Wednesday. 

 

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Instead of sulking over his suspension last week, Jets LB Darron Lee used his time to view the game from a new perspective. 

Lee was suspended by head coach Todd Bowles after Lee arrived late to the team's walk-through last Saturday. The second-year pro hadn't missed a practice before the punishment, but either way, he has learned from his first suspension of his career.

"Yeah, we won, man," Lee told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There ain't nothing to be down about. I mean, who cares? This ain't about me. It's about the team."

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(Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

Need to know

The Jets practice again today at Florham Park. 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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GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:01:24
Jeane Coakley reports from Florham Park on the status of the Jets, who are treating every game left like it's a playoff game.

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)

Only three Jets were kept out of Wednesday's practice: RB Matt Forte (knee), LB Bruce Carter (groin) and S Terrence Brooks (excused absence).

Forte has not practice since injuring his knee on Nov. 2 against the Bills, although he's played in each of the Jets' last two games.

CB Juston Burris (concussion) and RG Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants.

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Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Oct 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to media after the NFL owners meeting at Conrad Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Roger Goodell has signed a contract extension that will extend his role as NFL commissioner through 2024.

According to the Washington Post, Goodell could earn up to $40 million per year, with roughly 90 percent of that total incentive based.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs 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 his touchdown during the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Just days after leading the Jets to an impressive win which netted him AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors, Jets quarterback Josh McCown was officially named the starter for the rest of the season by coach Todd Bowles.

The 38-year-old completed 26-of-36 passes for 331 yards and three touchdowns against the Chiefs on Sunday. He scored the go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard sneak with 2:15 left to help the Jets keep their playoff hopes alive with a 38-31 win at MetLife Stadium.

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(Ed Mulholland)

After a three-touchdown performance in a comeback victory, Jets QB Josh McCown was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

The Jets were down 14-0 early in the first quarter, but that didn't stop McCown from leading a comeback. Relying on his favorite targets through the air -- Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse -- McCown racked up 331 yards on 26 of 36 for a 72.2 completion percentage. 

Despite throwing for a touchdown, it was McCown using his legs to pick up his other two, including the game-winner. It was his second straight week with a QBR over 100 (109.8), but McCown was only focused on how the team bounced back from the deficit after the game. 

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on today:

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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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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets won 34-21. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

The Jets are still mathematically alive for the two Wild Card spots in the AFC, though it would take a lot for them to get there.

With their win over the Chiefs on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Jets improved to 5-7 -- two games behind the 7-5 Ravens for the final Wild Card spot and three games behind the 8-4 Jaguars for the first Wild Card spot.

However, between the Jets and the Ravens are the Chargers, Bills, and Raiders, who are all 6-6.

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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)

The Jets (5-7) face the Denver Broncos (3-9) on Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets return to practice on Tuesday after head coach Todd Bowles gave the team the day off following "Victory Monday" in celebration of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. 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.

 

Tags: Calvin Pryor, Demario Davis, Denver Broncos, Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, Sheldon Richardson
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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

A day after he benched Muhammad Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

Wilkerson sat for most of the first quarter for arriving to a team meeting late on Saturday, the third straight year he has been benched for being late to a team meeting in his career.

But Bowles said Wilkerson and linebacker Darron Lee, who was a healthy scratch from Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs for showing up late to practice, have "earned a lot of trust.

"You make a mistake, and you lose a little trust, and you just have to earn it back," Bowles said at a press conference on Monday. "So going forward, we'll go from there."

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles watches warmups before game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Todd Bowles is a man of few words in public, never one to be the life of the party or a quotable media darling.

The New York Jets coach has won over his players for that very reason. It's the stuff that no one else sees that has his squad professing loyalty to the man leading the way.

"As a man, as a player, I love him," left tackle Kelvin Beachum said. "I'd run through a wall for him. I've only been here a year and I love everything about him.

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