Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in several weeks, I've been watching footage of some of the bottom-of-the-roster guys to try and get an insight into what kind of potential they have and whether any of them could realistically be expected to step into an important role in 2013. Today I'll be looking at running back John Griffin. This particular study could be of particular relevance in light of recent events, which may lead to an improvement in Griffin's chances of making the team.

Click the BGA link at the top of the page to look back at some of the scouting work I've done on some of the other signings the Jets have made since the end of the season.

Griffin made his first NFL appearance with the Jets last December but did not feature on offense. Prior to that, he had been a last minute cut for the Bengals in 2011 and spent time with the Omaha Nighthawks in the UFL. He's listed at 5-11 and 208 and played his college football in the North East, with three years at Northeastern and one at UMass.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at footage from the 2011 season to see what he's capable of and assess his chances of competing for a roster spot.

Who is John Griffin?

After just playing one year of football at high school (where he set school records with 25 touchdowns), Griffin played his first three seasons of college ball at Northeastern. After a Junior year where he rushed for over 1,000 yards and caught 25 passes, he transferred to UMass, where he would earn All-CAA Third Team honors, despite backing up Jonathan Hernandez. He would rush for 843 yards in 11 games, averaging five yards per carry.

After not receiving an invite to the scouting combine, Griffin put up some impressive numbers at his pro day, notably a 6.82 three cone drill time which was bettered by just one running back (Christine Michael) at this year's combine. His short shuttle, vertical jump and broad jump would all have also ranked in the top ten had he attended the combine this year, although his forty time (4.57) and bench press (19 reps) were about average or maybe slightly below. However, the shuttle and jump scores are seen as signs of how sharply he can change direction and his explosiveness, which are obviously useful assets for a running back. Despite these impressive numbers, he was undrafted in 2011 and signed as an free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Although he was reportedly in the mix for a roster spot, he didn't make much of an impact in preseason and was one of the Bengals' final cuts. I'll be looking at footage of Griffin from the 2011 preseason later on. Griffin would spend the season with the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, where he averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his first three games. At the end of the year, the Jets signed him to a futures contract and brought him to camp last year.

At camp, he turned heads and was thought to be in the mix for a roster spot with Shonn Green, Bilal Powell, Joe McKnight and Terrance Ganaway. Kristian Dyer wrote this after watching him at practice:

Griffin has good speed and feet and has shown some nice cutback ability. With the Jets looking for a change of pace back after Shonn Greene, Griffin’s ability to change directions and catch balls out of the backfield has created a bit of a buzz around Florham Park.

Unfortunately, Griffin suffered a high-ankle sprain which kept him out of action and the Jets released him with an injury settlement in August - before the first preseason game. This meant that, by rule, they were not able to re-sign him to the active roster until after Week 6, but we are told they kept lines of communication open and said they would consider bringing him back later in the season if they had room. In the meantime, the Jets added Jonathan Grimes in September and when that didn't work out, they signed Kahlil Bell to the active roster and Griffin to the practice squad in November. Griffin was told to get familiar with the playbook because they planned to activate him later in the year if things didn't work out with Bell and that proved to be the case as he lasted just two games and fumbled the ball against the Cards on his only touch.

(As a brief aside, my main reservation when the Jets signed Grimes was that he came from a zone blocking system in Houston that I anticipated would delay how quickly he'd be able to transition into the Jets offense. Ironically, had they stuck with him, he'd likely be a perfect fit for the system we're expecting them to run in 2013. Grimes re-joined the Texans, but they cut him and he got picked up by Jacksonville where he remains under contract).

Griffin featured on special teams only (nine plays) with the Jets, but looked pretty good getting down there and at least got a taste of the pro game. He remains under contract for the 2013 season, one of five tailbacks currently on the roster.

In terms of pro footage to potentially review, all we have to go on is the 2011 preseason footage, so let's look at that, then review what he brings to the table. (If you want to see some college footage, there are a couple of impressive highlight reels on youtube from 2010 and 2009).

Week One - at Detroit

In this game, he carried the ball twice for eight yards and was also given some work as a kickoff returner. He didn't look particularly good in that role, running right into a tackle at the 17 and losing a fumble on his first attempt and then running right into a tackler again at the 10 on his next attempt. On his first carry, he made a nice cut to pick up five and a first down on 2nd and 3. His other one saw him bounce to the outside, but he couldn't juke the tackler on the outside in the open field and was brought down for a three yard gain.

Week Two - at New York Jets

In this game, Griffin carried five times, gaining 14 yards, all in the fourth quarter. On his first carry, he had no chance as Ropati Pitoitua destroyed his blocker, so Griffin had nowhere to go. He showed good patience and toughness on his next carry as he initially had nowhere to go, so he bounced off his own man and dragged a defensive tackle for a couple of extra yards to make four yards out of nothing. His next carry was interesting, because he bounced outside and was one-on-one with Ellis Lankster on the outside. This was the kind of play that could have been stopped for no gain or could have gone for big yardage, but the two young Jets effectively played each other to a tie. Griffin did turn the corner, but Lankster managed to keep hold of him and drag him out of bounds for five. His next carry, on the next play, was probably his most impressive. His own man was driven into the backfield, but Griffin cut to avoid him and then made a cut again at the second level to avoid clean contact with Brodney Pool and keep going downhill so he could get to the marker for six yards. His last carry went for a loss as he showed some initial indecision and was tripped low. It looked like Griffin saw the hole here and was just about to burst through it when Kenrick Ellis got a paw on his ankle.

Other than his five carries, Griffin was also thrown to once, but the pass was low and out of his reach in the flat. He likely would have had a chance to pick up some yardage there because he looked to have had Garrett McIntyre, who had dropped off to cover him, well beaten. In pass protection, Griffin tried to make a cut block on one play, but it was ineffective.

Week Three - v Carolina

As is often the case in the third preseason game, the starters and primary backups got most of the reps here for the Bengals. Griffin got just one carry and was tackled for a loss as he was unable to avoid a virtually unblocked defensive end in the backfield.

Week Four - v Indianapolis

Conversely, in the final preseason game, Griffin got plenty of chances, carrying 10 times and catching one pass for a total of 37 yards. Six of those ten carries were stopped close to the line of scrimmage, although that was mostly due to bad blocking. He did show some indecisiveness on a couple of runs, but that may have been because he was waiting for some kind of hole to develop. A couple of the runs went to the outside and were stretched out all the way to the sideline by the defense and a couple more saw him just plow ahead up the middle. On another he almost slipped and one saw him start to cut back and then change his mind, giving the defensive back a chance to come up. He showed some flashes on his other four carries - a burst outside for six, a run off the edge following his blocks downhill for five, a six yard run on a 3rd and long draw play where he broke a tackle in the hole and drove ahead at the second level and an eight yard run where he slipped a tackle to get to the outside and then went out of bounds.

As a pass catcher, he had a nice play where he caught a pass underneath and avoided the first tackler to pick up eight yards. However, he dropped the ball in the flat on his other target. Griffin may also have missed an assignment on one play where the quarterback ended up rolling out on a broken play and missed a block that led to his quarterback getting hit on a quick pass. He did show good hustle to recover a fumble on one play though.

Overall, Griffin's numbers were not impressive - 50 yards on 18 carries - but a lot of that could be attributed to poor blocking in front of him. He did flash some burst, vision and shiftiness, but unfortunately wasn't able to get out to the second level where he could make an impression and improve his statistical productivity.

Conclusions

Unfortunately, we don't have a lot to go on because he wasn't able to make much of his limited opportunities in 2011 and didn't get a chance to play in preseason last year. However, there were plenty of positive comments about how he practiced from both the Bengals and the Jets and the fact that the Jets kept him in the system is obviously a sign that they do still see some potential in him.

Here's what running backs coach Anthony Lynn has to say about Griffin's chances:

He was really raw when he got here at first but I'm expecting John to really compete, not just be a camp guy but compete for playing time. He's a big back ... He's fast, he's quick, he can make people miss inline and he does some really nice things that I like.

In light of the Mike Goodson arrest, it will be interesting to see what their plans are for the running back position. If Goodson is to be released, which I understand is a possibility, then they will likely add another tailback to go into the offseason with five as they usually do. However, I would expect it to be a cheap young prospect rather than an established veteran. That being the case, Griffin would likely move up to fourth on the depth chart, which should see him get some opportunities in preseason. Before the Goodson arrest, Kimberley Martin of Newsday wrote a good article about Griffin's optimism despite the challenge ahead of him.

Barring injury, Griffin was seen as a long shot to make the roster, but now that Goodson's status could be up in the air, perhaps his chances have improved. Although he didn't stand out in preseason the way Chris Ivory did early in his career to earn a role, he did show some flashes and some of his college highlights are very impressive. Although it's a lower level of play, Griffin did rush for 96 yards on 17 carries (including several nice runs) against Michigan, a team whose defense featured several players currently under contract with NFL teams (eg 2nd round pick Jonas Mouton and new Jets guard William Campbell).

In order to have a shot at earning a role with the Jets, Griffin is going to need to create a niche for himself. He looks to be a natural pass catcher and, if they can get him into the open field - which is what this offense is supposedly designed to do for its backs - that seems to be where he can turn some heads. I haven't seen much from him in terms of pass blocking, but hopefully that's been something he's worked hard at over the last couple of years.

Griffin could be someone to keep an eye on, especially in light of Goodson's situation and Joe McKnight's recent comments. The competition this summer should be pretty good, even if they are a man down.

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Wilkerson not playing at Saints 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Jets practice where the team announced that Muhammad Wilkerson will not play this Sunday.
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is out for Sunday's game against the game after he was benched for showing up late to the team facility Friday. 

Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans as it was a 'coaching decision,' according to head coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson supposedly showed up to the facility "very late," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. This is the third straight year the 28-year-old has been benched for being late. 

This season, Wilkerson has been underperforming with only 3.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles. 

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Wilkerson will not play Sunday 00:03:02
The Daily News Live crew discusses Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling to play in New Orleans this Sunday due to tardiness.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson has no future with the Jets. He knows it and they know it. He'll be released long before his 2018 salary is guaranteed on March 16.

And really, there's no reason to wait that long anymore.

Wilkerson was punished by Jets coach Todd Bowles on Friday, after he showed up late -- very late -- to the team facility, according to a team source. Bowles immediately told the 28-year-old malcontent he wouldn't be traveling to New Orleans with the team for the game on Sunday. And according to one team source, his pseudo-suspension could last longer than that.

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Vacc's 3 keys to Jets win 00:01:36
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday, saying it was a 'coaching decision' -- not injury-related.

Wilkerson was very late to the Jets' facility today, which is why he was benched, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, who says it wouldn't be a surprise if this isn't just a one-game punishment, either.

Earlier this month, a day after he benched Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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

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John Morton on quitting vs. DEN 00:00:31
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton admits to calling it quits in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.

"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveI know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter...

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Kerley blames ghost for PED's 00:05:09
On Loud Mouths, the guys fill in the blanks on hot topics including Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Jeremy Kerley's ghost and Star Wars.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said he still wasn't sure how a banned substance in his system led to a four-game suspension and suggested it was because of a ghost.

"I don't know, a lot of ghosts around here," Kerley said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past."

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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed offensive tackle Korren Kirven to the practice squad and released tight end Zach Conque, the team announced Friday.

Kirven, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2017 draft.

Conque was with the Jets' practice squad for three weeks after the Houston Texans waived/injured him in August.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' plan 00:02:06
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses how the Jets are preparing to face Drew Brees and the formidable New Orleans Saints.

After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.

Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.

"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on..."

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4 Keys to beating the Saints 00:04:30
On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.

On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.


Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Bryce Petty will make his fifth career start for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans because Josh McCown has a broken left hand and because, as Todd Bowles said, "Bryce is the next man up."

That's a nice, tidy coach-speak way of avoiding the obvious truth about that decision: Starting Petty makes very little sense at this point for the 5-8 Jets. They need to see Christian Hackenberg play...

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

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown may be out for the season and unsigned for 2018, but he's not done helping the Jets young players just yet.

The 38-year-old quarterback was back on the practice field on Thursday, just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, and he will travel with the Jets to New Orleans this weekend for their game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. There, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, McCown will serve as a "player-coach" as quarterback Bryce Petty makes his first start of the year...

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Thursday. The good news, though, is he was the only player who missed Wednesday's practice to sit out Thursday's as well.

All of CB Morris Claiborne (foot), RB Elijah McGuire (ankle), S Rontez Miles (hamstring), CB Rashard Robinson (not injury related) and G Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants Thursday after being unable to go on Wednesday. 

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Thomas Hennessy (concussion) were also limited participants. 

The Jets travel to New Orleans to play the Saints this Sunday in Bryce Petty's  first start of the season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Petty to start 00:01:59
With Josh McCown sidelined due to a broken hand, Bryce Petty is motivated to prove his worth in the final three games of the season.

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets will select LSU DE Arden Key with the tenth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.

Despite the Jets' need for a steady arm at the quarterback position, McShay points out their edge rushers need some improvement as well. This is why McShay can't see the Jets passing up on who he thinks is the most natural defensive end coming out of college this season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS ON KEY

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the third quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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The Jets worked out two CFL players on Tuesday: WR DaVaris Daniels and CB Garry Peters, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta. 

The 6-foot-1, 207 pound Daniels has played his past two seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, who made it to the Grey Cup last season. In 13 games last season, the Notre Dame product caught 47 receptions for 743 yards and four touchdowns. 

Peters has played for the Edmonton Eskimos the past two seasons, where he most recently won the Grey Cup. The 5-foot-11, 190 pound cornerback notched 35 tackles and three special teams tackles this past season. 

As the custom with CFL players converting to the NFL, the Jets may be looking at Daniels and Peters for potential futures deals after the season. CFL players generally are not allowed to sign with NFL teams until their contracts expire in February. 

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The Jets overcame a shaky start to break out of their slump with their finest offensive performance of the season so far against the Chiefs. A late touchdown by Josh McCown gave the Jets the lead and the defense held on to preserve a 38-31 shootout win.

Let's review the defensive performance from Sunday's win:

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Jets (5-8) face the Saints (9-4) on Sunday in New Orleans. Here's what's going on today…

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New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty during the game against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Oakland Coliseum. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets coach Todd Bowles said QB Bryce Petty will be prepared to start this weekend when the team faces the Saints in New Orleans.

Petty was inserted into the starting role after QB Josh McCown was lost for the remainder of the season due to a hand injury.

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Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports  (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 3, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) celebrates a two point conversion run by running back Elijah McGuire (25) (not shown) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets QB Josh McCown was named a finalist for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. 

The award recognizes players who demonstrate the best on-field sportsmanship qualities that include fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition, according to USA Today. 

The other finalists include Browns T Joe Thomas, Chargers TE Antonio Gates, Redskins TE Vernon Davis, Panthers LB Luke Kuechly, Lions DT Haloti Ngata, 49ers T Joe Staley, and Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Staley, Smith and Kuechly have all been finalists in previous years.

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Who do the Jets turn to at QB? 00:02:20
The Daily News Live crew debates over who the Jets should start at quarterback with Josh McCown being ruled out for the rest of the season.

Jets QB Josh McCown is out for the rest of the season as he needs surgery on his broken left hand, according to head coach Todd Bowles. 

McCown suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Broncos. He walked off the field in obvious pain, and underwent X-rays during the game. He received a second opinion on the hand, and it was suggested he should get surgery to repair it. 

"It just sucks," McCown said emotionally after the game. 

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Any lingering hopes of the Jets remaining in playoff contention were put to rest by a struggling Broncos team that was met with scant resistance in their 23-0 win. This continues a season-long pattern of futility on the road for this Jets team, which drops to 5-8 on the year and now seems destined to end up 5-11 for the season season in a row.

Let's start this week by breaking down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:03:08
The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

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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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 23-0 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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