Earlier this week, the Jets signed free agent running back Kahlil Bell. Jets fans might not know too much about Bell, so I’ve been looking at game footage in detail to investigate what he could bring to the table.

Bell spent his first three years in the NFL with the Bears before being waived in August. Chicago re-signed him temporarily early in the season but didn't make much of an impact and was released four weeks later. He hasn't played for any other NFL teams, although he did attend Vikings camp as a rookie. With both Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight injured and recent practice squad addition John Griffin presumably still familiarizing himself with the playbook, the Jets needed a healthy tailback to back up Shonn Greene.

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

Who is Kahlil Bell?

Bell had a pretty good college career at UCLA and was at one time projected to be a future mid-round pick, but a torn ACL in 2007 took its toll and he went undrafted in 2009 having run just a 4.74 forty at the combine and failing to improve on that at his Pro Day.

After failing to make the Vikings roster, Bell got a spot on the Bears practice squad in his rookie year and was activated late in the season following an injury to Garrett Wolfe. His impact was immediate, as he rushed for an NFL record 72-yard gain on his first NFL carry. That play, which can be seen here gives an indication of his burst, but also perhaps a lack of breakaway speed in the open field. Bell would finish the season with 220 yards at an average of 5.5 yards per carry, although after that initial big gain, he would only average 3.8 yards per carry.

In 2010, he didn't play although he remained on the Bears active roster all season. It doesn't appear that he was injured, other than a minor injury in preseason which may have contributed to him falling behind the special teams demon Wolfe on the depth chart again. The only time he made any headlines was when he got into a fight with teammate Chester Taylor in practice in December.

A solid preseason in 2011 saw him regain his spot, although he then suffered an ankle injury in the preseason finale and he underwhelmed in the first two games, carrying 11 times for 23 yards, although he did have two big plays negated by penalties. Thereafter, he would only play on special teams until late in the season when Matt Forte was injured. However the last five games of the year saw his most promising stretch as an NFL player, as he averaged 4.6 yards per carry, had at least one run of 13 yards or more in each of the five games and recorded 19 of his 21 career receptions. His most outstanding performance saw him rush for 121 yards and catch four passes for 38 yards against the Packers. He also scored his first NFL touchdown on a 25-yard catch against Seattle.

In 2012, he was originally given a one year contract for $1.26m but when he found himself third on the depth chart in August, the Bears asked him to take a paycut (to $700,000) and he refused so they waived him. His return this September saw him carry the ball 10 times for 20 yards in an uninspiring return to the lineup and the following week he carried the ball just twice and false started once in four snaps as a back up.

The Numbers

Four seasons

22 games

Three starts, all in 2011

131 carries, 589 yards, no touchdowns (4.5 ypc)

21 catches, 148 yards, one touchdown

81% catch rate, one drop (in 2009)

Three fumbles, one as a receiver, one lost

17 broken tackles, including four as a receiver

Two kick returns for 45 yards (25 longest)

Seven special teams tackles, one missed tackle

Two special teams penalties

One offensive penalty committed

Five 20+ yard plays (one as a receiver)

One 40+ yard play

Observations

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

Usage - Bell was used almost exclusively as a classic tailback. He motioned out wide or into the slot on occasion, as any other running back would, but rarely ever more than a couple of times per game. With the Bears not really a team that has a third down specialist (since Forte is a three-down back), he received plenty of reps on passing downs in those games where he started or got plenty of playing time. While the Bears did use some zone blocking last year, their scheme is a lot more similar to the Jets' system than Houston's is, so it hopefully won't take Bell as long to adjust to the scheme as it apparently did for Jonathan Grimes. In fact, the Bears run a lot of the plays that the Jets have been running this year under Sparano and Bell had some good moments on those plays.

One way he wasn't used much was in a short yardage role. He only had four carries on 3rd or 4th and three or less and was stuffed on two of these. He has also failed to rush for a touchdown despite getting a handful of carries inside the five yard line.

Running Ability - While Bell's yards-per-carry average is skewed slightly by that huge gain on his first ever carry, it is worth noting that he did have that spell of games in 2011 where he was consistently averaging comfortably better than four yards per carry. Having said that, his numbers have been underwhelming so far this year, he gained 18 on one play and another 10 on a 3rd and 19 draw play, but other than that he racked up just four yards on his other 10 carries for an average of less than three.

Bell is a patient runner with pretty good vision. Most of his best runs saw him following his blocker and then making a decisive and well-timed cut and he doesn't dance about, doing a good job of getting his momentum going upfield and identifying and hitting cutback lanes. While he lacks that breakaway speed he does have a good initial burst and hits the hole hard, enabling him to get to the second level on occasion. He also has some slipperyness to his game, which enables him to avoid or break tackles. Bell was listed at 212 as a rookie, but bulked up to over 220 with the Bears. There were a few good examples of him running over defensive backs at the second level or driving the pile for a few extra yardage, so he does have power.

In his first season, he averaged a disappointing 2.1 yards per carry after contact according to PFF, but in 2011 he averaged an above-average 2.6 yards per carry after contact, helped by his performance over the last two games where he broke 10 tackles.

Pass Protection - Bell has stayed in to pass block on 67 plays in his NFL career and has given up one sack and three pressures. While he does make a good attempt to get in front of the pass rusher and anchor himself, this can sometimes mean he is prone to the pass rusher making a quick move to get around him. On the sack he gave up, that's what happened as Chad Greenway came on a delayed blitz, although it only resulted in a sack because of pressure from the outside causing the quarterback to step up. On each of the pressures he gave up, he at least got enough of the man to prevent the sack, so he was never really beaten cleanly. One of these was a big completion and one enabled the quarterback to get to the outside on a scramble, but the other forced a throw away on third down. He should hopefully be able to do at least an adequate job if called upon to do this with the Jets.

Receiving Threat - Bell showed some ability to be a pass-catching threat out of the backfield in the last four games of 2011 as he caught at least four passes in each game, including a 25-yard touchdown against Seattle. Most of the receptions he made were dumpoffs or checkdowns although he did turn some of these into decent gains by making yardage after the catch. The only exceptions were the touchdown against Seattle (where he ran downfield and then across the field easily beating the linebacker and making a catch near the pylon) and two others where he ran quick slants (once after having motioned out wide).

Hands - He did drop a pass as a rookie but hasn't done since. That was on the play before his big 72-yard run and wasn't entirely his fault as he lined up outside and the quarterback threw behind him to the outside with a defensive back hitting him as the ball arrived to jar it loose. Since most of his catches were checkdowns and dumpoffs, he didn't really show much in the way of spectacular catches but he seemed to catch the simpler ones cleanly enough.

One major concern would be fumbles, as he had three of those in the last two games of 2011 and clearly wasn't protecting the ball too well on any of them. As it turned out, the Bears recovered two of them anyway, including one in the end zone for a score, but he did lose a bad one inside his own 20.

Special Teams - With five solo tackles and two penalties to his name on special teams, Bell is not renowned as much of a contributor on that unit. In fact, that's the main reason he fell behind Garrett Wolfe on the depth chart. Wolfe is an outstanding gunner, so there were no doubt games where Bell was inactive due to Wolfe being needed in that role. However, Bell didn't do a bad job of getting downfield and making tackles as a punt protector. The Jets obviously have that position locked down for the foreseeable future though!

Attitude - There wasn't much to see on the film in respect of chippyness, blown assignments or demonstrative behavior from Bell, although he does have a few off-field concerns. Other than the fight with Taylor mentioned above (which was said to have been "brewing for some time"), he was also suspended in college for two games, reportedly for "being a bad teammate". Also, you may or may not think the fact he refused to take a paycut and lost his job as a result is a bad sign. Despite these concerns, Bell seemed to play extremely hard and gave an insight into his drive and ambition last year:

It was never my goal to be on a practice squad or be a third-string running back. But good things come to those who wait.


Conclusions

Any move you make at this stage of the season, especially when it looks like you're already out of contention, is likely to be a low risk move. It's certainly true that there have been examples of running backs being signed off the street at this point in a season and going on to contribute and find a home.

Less than a year ago, people were writing about what a Bell's bright NFL future, so maybe the Bears gave up on him too soon. In fact, with the Jets' running backs having struggled for most of the season, it might not take much for Bell to provide them with an upgrade.

Based on what I saw, Bell has the ability to execute some of the plays that Shonn Greene has been struggling with over the first part of the season. However, his performance this season shows that if the run blocking ahead of him isn't good, he's no more likely to produce that Greene is. It would make a lot of sense for the Jets to give Bell every chance to show that he can be a keeper. This might also motivate Greene too, so hopefully the Jets will benefit one way or another.
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Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 6, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets safety Antonio Allen (39) prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly walks the sideline during the second half against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 31-24. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly walks the sideline during the second half against Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. The Dolphins won 31-24. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Bent, SNY.TV: 

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

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

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

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Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-49ers 00:02:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano feels the Jets need to keep Bryce Petty under control and let Matt Forte lead the attack against the 49ers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

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

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

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

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jets CB Buster Skrine, DE Sheldon Richardson, and RT Breno Giacomini were all fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness penalties committed during Monday night's game against the Colts.

The Jets lost, 41-10.

They face the 49ers this Sunday in San Francisco.

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Buster Skrine, Sheldon Richardson

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

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

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

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
Tags: Antonio Allen, Breno Giacomini, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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GEICO SportsNite: FNNY on Jets 00:01:28
The FNNY panel touches on the report that Brandon Marshall told the Daily News he doesn't remember scoring three touchdowns in a 2014 game.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mangold to IR 00:01:25
Willie Colon comments on Nick Mangold's career after the Jets placed him on injured reserve.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates a sack with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (Peter Morgan/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates a sack with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (Peter Morgan/AP)

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson responded "maybe a little tighter coverage and we get those sacks" when asked why New York was held to one sack in their 41-10 loss to the Colts Monday.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Nick Mangold (ankle)
  • DT Steve McClendon (hamstring)
  • WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
  • LB Breno Giacomini (back/calf/shoulder)
  • Antonio Allen (concussion)
  • RB Khiry Robinson (leg)
Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets center Nick Mangold (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets center Nick Mangold (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Bowles on QBs 00:01:32
Jets head coach Todd Bowles explains his decision to have Bryce Petty start the remainder of the Jets' games this season.

Will Jets game plan fit Petty? 00:01:53
The panel debates just how involved quarterback Bryce Petty should be in the offensive game plan against the San Francisco 49ers.

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

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

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 (Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports)
(Mark J. Rebilas - USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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Nov 27, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Arthur Brown (59) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Buffalo beats Jacksonville 28 to 21. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 27, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Arthur Brown (59) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Buffalo beats Jacksonville 28 to 21. (Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a pass during the pre-game warmups for a game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a pass during the pre-game warmups for a game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

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

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

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

 

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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

Did Not Participate in Practice

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

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

Tags: Breno Giacomini, Calvin Pryor, Jalin Marshall, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Mangold, Steve McLendon
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Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets running back Khiry Robinson (31) rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets running back Khiry Robinson (31) rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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

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

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On Guard with Willie Colon 00:05:04
Former Jets guard Willie Colon joins the show to discuss the Jets performance against the Colts and if the team has quit on Todd Bowles.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

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

Quarterbacks

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

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Ben Ijalana, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Charone Peake, Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Eric Decker, Jalin Marshall, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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Jets Post Game Live: Report Card 00:03:37
Failing grades abound as Jets Post Game Live hands out report cards for the Jets' performance in Monday's loss 41-10 to the Colts.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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Vacchiano: Petty takes over 00:05:32
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano breaks down the Jets' 41-10 loss to the Colts on Monday night.

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

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

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

Tags: Bryce Petty, Indianapolis Colts, Matt Forte, Nick Folk, Ryan Fitzpatrick
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 (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)
(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

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

McKnight was killed in a shooting in Louisiana on Thursday,

The shooting took place at roughly 3 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)
New York Jets running back Joe McKnight walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. (Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

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

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

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

Did Not Participate in Practice

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

Brian Bassett:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did Not Participate in Practice

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

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

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

The confidant added that Revis "tanked" this season.

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

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

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

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

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

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

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