Since the Jets haven't signed a free agent for me to scout in almost four 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'm going even deeper to take a look at some of the lesser-known players expected to be bottom-of-the-roster guys and not really expected to challenge for a place on the team. The Jets have several players with NFL preseason or, in some cases, regular season experience that we haven't considered in any detail yet on BGA, so I've been looking at the footage to see if there are any players who might have the potential to push for a roster spot.

After the jump, I look in detail at footage from over the last few years and give some background on some of these guys.

Bret Lockett, S, 6-1, 200

Our recent TJB podcast guest is one of the higher profile sleepers on the roster, mainly due to a well-publicized connection to Kim Kardashian. However, he's also played in 13 regular season games for the New England Patriots, including a handful of snaps on defense. These date back to 2009 though. He had gone undrafted in 2009 despite running a 4.45 forty at UCLA's pro day. In 2010, he missed the preseason with a chest injury and went onto injured reserve, then in 2011 he tore his groin in preseason and missed the entire season. He spent 2012 in the UFL.

Lockett saw extensive playing time at free safety in the 2009 preseason, registering eight tackles on defense and one on special teams. He also had another special teams tackle and a tackle for a loss negated by a penalty. He started one game, but six of his nine tackles came in the second half of games, against backups. In the regular season, he saw just five snaps on defense, at free safety in garbage time against the Titans - a 59-0 win in the snow. The only impact he made was to get in on a tackle for a loss, only to give up a 15 yard taunting penalty. He appeared in 12 other games on special teams only, registering seven tackles and a forced fumble. He made some good open field tackles and was able to beat his blocker to make the tackle on a couple of plays, but also was blocked out of a couple of plays and got called for two penalties. The forced fumble saw him strip the ball loose on a punt return, but the returner's team recovered. In 2011, prior to getting injured, he had one tackle on defense in preseason, a good open field stop downfield on a 13-yard run.

Bonus link: Here is Lockett's UFL highlight reel from this year, which does show some good hitting, open field tackling and special teams work.

Danny Lansanah, ILB, 6-1, 255

Lansanah is only a second year pro, although he is 27 having first entered the league in 2008. He was a guy I was intrigued by in that draft, due to his excellent size. He had been a first team all-Big East selection at UConn. However, after seeing action with the Packers in five games as a special teamer in his rookie season, he was unable to catch on with the Dolphins and Lions over the next few seasons and has been playing in the UFL for the last few years. Lansanah was pretty productive in the 2008 and 2009 preseasons, totalling 26 tackles including nine at or close to the line of scrimmage in 2009 alone. He also added a pass defensed.

In the 2008 regular season, he recorded two tackles on special teams, one of which saw him tackle the return man on a kickoff at the 13, despite being held. However, he did also have a missed block that led to his teammate being tackled.

Bonus link: Here's Lansanah's 2012 UFL highlight reel. This is less impressive than Lockett's featuring an interception on a tipped pass and some plays on special teams.

Titus Ryan, WR, 6-0, 200

Titus Ryan is even older than Lansanah - he just turned 29 last week. Ryan entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was thought to have a lot of potential as a return man after having run a 4.28 forty yard dash at Alabama's pro day. He entered the league with the Chiefs, recording one catch for six yards in preseason as a rookie. After having failed to make the team, Ryan went to play in the Canadian Football League for a couple of years, after which he was picked up by the Cowboys where he stood out at minicamp and was thought to have a shot at making the team. In the first preseason game, he made an immediate impact, returning the opening kickoff 38 yards before being knocked out of bounds. However, he looked uncomfortable fielding a punt later on and then suffered a wrist injury that would end his chances. Dallas brought him back for 2011, only for a foot injury to again lead to him being off the team. He played in the UFL last season.

Bonus links: Check out Ryan's returning ability and his receiving skills on these two plays from the CFL.

Travis Tripucka, LS, 6-1, 240

Tripucka, the son of former NBA all-star Kelly Tripucka and the grandson of former NFL quarterback Frank Tripucka, was the backup long snapper for the Rams in the 2012 preseason. He snapped on three punts and three kicks (two of which were missed). If I am to nitpick, one of the snaps to the punter was wide, almost leading to a block and one of the missed field goals came on a snap where the holder had to reach for the ball before getting it down. Tripucka earns approximately $300K less than current Jets long snapper Tanner Purdum, but it is unlikely the Jets would release Purdum for financial reasons because they already paid him a $130K signing bonus on his two year deal.

Jacquies Smith, DE/OLB, 6-4, 260

Smith, undrafted out of Missouri, got some playing time with Miami in preseason last year, lining up exclusively as a right defensive end. He had a few good moments as a pass rusher, including one play where he beat Bruce Campbell (acquired by the Panthers in a trade for Mike Goodson) to the outside and got hold of Jimmy Clausen from behind, only for Clausen to shovel the ball forward for an incomplete pass, as Smith clapped his hands in frustration. Smith also beat his man to the outside on a play where Clausen was sacked by Isaako Aaitui, who the Jets signed last year (only for him to get hurt almost immediately). Smith was clearly teeing off at the line with an emphasis on getting pressure on the quarterback, because whenever the Panthers ran the ball, they were able to take him out of the play pretty much routinely. There was only one good moment that he had against the run - a play where he took on the fullback, forcing the running back to cut back inside where he was stopped.

Smith spent time with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2012, but only recorded one tackle.

Ryan Quigley, P, 6-3, 188

Quigley was in camp with the Bears last year after having gone undrafted. When Adam Podlesh got hurt in preseason, Quigley made it onto the active roster for week one, but Podlesh recovered in time for the opener and Quigley was inactive and cut a few days later. His preseason numbers were not great (41.4 average, 39.3 net), but as regular BGA readers will know, I see ANPP (explained here) as a more accurate indication of punter performance than traditional numbers.

Quigley, buoyed by having six kicks inside the 20 and seven fair caught, ended up with an ANPP of 65% which is about average and certainly of an NFL-level standard. Robert Malone managed an above average 66.5% for the regular season last year, by way of a comparison. Quigley limited the punts returned to 34 yards on 16 kicks, 27 of which came on a play where the return man fumbled and Quigley himself came up with the recovery. One interesting wrinkle is that he kicked off once, landing the ball inside the five. That added versatility to be able to do a good job in an emergency could serve as a tie-breaker if he challenges Malone for the job in camp. Quigley also did well as a holder, especially in the Bears' win over the Redskins where he rescued a low snap to enable Robbie Gould to kick the game winning field goal from 57 yards out. He did have one punt blocked though, not that there was much he could have done about it.

Thomas Mayo, WR, 6-2, 205

Mayo has been making the most of his chance to get some quality reps at the OTA's due to all the injuries at wideout, although he was apparently at fault for the interception that Geno Smith threw on Wednesday, as the ball went through his hands. Mayo was unable to catch on with the Raiders last year and ended up playing in the Arena League. In preseason, he did get some playing time, but the only throw they made to him was a bubble screen where Terrelle Pryor threw the ball behind him and once he'd adjusted to make the catch, his momentum carried him to the outside rather than up the field, so he was blown up for a four yard loss. That play looked like it could have gone for decent yardage if the connection was timed better, because the slot receiver made a good block. However, we can't be sure if Mayo was at fault by turning for the ball while too far upfield.

JoJo Dickson, ILB, 6-1, 245

Dickson, who drew some praise from Kristian Dyer on Wednesday went undrafted out of Idaho in 2011 and joined the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was cut before preseason. They then re-signed him the following April, only to release him after a couple of weeks. The Browns picked him up and did give him some late game playing time in preseason last year. Dickson was used as a weakside OLB in the Browns' 4-3 scheme, although he came out of the game when the defense went to a nickel package. He was credited with one tackle, chasing the quarterback to the sideline and out of bounds having been in zone coverage for a one yard gain on third and long to force a field goal attempt. There were a couple of other plays where he was involved in the action - one saw him come across as the tight end broke a tackle, forcing the tight end to change direction and get tackled downfield, perhaps saving a touchdown. Dickson chased across to get in on that tackle. Another saw the running back fumble the ball and Dickson came up to down him in the backfield after he recovered it, although he was ruled down before that. Dickson also looked good covering a running back out to the flat and forcing the quarterback to go to a different option.

Vidal Hazelton, WR, 6-2, 209

Finally, Vidal Hazelton is a guy who was once thought to be an excellent prospect having teamed with Mark Sanchez at USC. However, he was slowed by an ankle injury in 2008 and transferred to Cincinnati, missing the 2009 season and losing momentum in the process. He then only ran a 4.62 forty at his pro day. Hazelton went undrafted and didn't make an impact with the Chargers in his rookie preseason (2011), but did get some opportunities in the following preseason with the Bengals. In the second game against the Falcons, he caught two short passes on consecutive plays, a screen pass where he was unable to beat the first man and a play where he stopped his route and held on to the ball on the outside despite a good hit from the defensive back. In the following game against the Colts, he had a nice 14-yard catch where he stopped his route on the outside again, but this time was able to turn it upfield for extra yardage. However, with a shot at making the team, they targeted him four times in the last preseason game and all four fell incomplete - one was a drop, one was broken up, one was high and behind him and the other one saw him slip over. He was also targeted one other time in the Colts game with the throw going behind him as there was obviously some kind of communication breakdown between him and the quarterback.

After the Bengals cut him, Hazelton spent the year on Tennessee's practice squad.

Bonus links: Hazelton is perhaps best known for this sensational catch while at USC. However, this clip shows some of his open field running skills, as he takes a Sanchez pass to the house in spectacular fashion.

Conclusions:

Of course, all of these players are considered extreme long shots to make the team this year, let alone make any kind of impact. However, there are some guys here who've been through camps before and therefore have an idea of what it takes to make it, so even if none of them end up on the team, they'll still hopefully push the guys who they go up against every day to get better.

While there wasn't anyone who stood out as having immense talent that has somehow gone unnoticed, there were flashes from each of these guys in their preseason cameos, so it will be interesting to see if they get a chance to play in preseason this year and can make some things happen again to turn some heads.

The three receivers - Mayo, Ryan and Hazelton - all benefit from the fact that not only is there no consensus top five at the moment, but there are also several injuries, giving guys like Mayo a chance for some extended reps. As we saw last year with Royce Pollard and Joseph Collins, wide receiver is one position where guys who are unlikely to make the team could be put in a position where they can get a chance to make some things happen.

At inside linebacker, the top four spots on the roster are presumably locked up (Harris, Davis, Mauga, Bellore) but then Dickson and Lansanah are the next men up, so any injuries there would presumably give one of these two an excellent chance to work with the second unit. Lansanah's special teams experience might make him a contender for a special teams role like Lance Laury or Larry Izzo have had in recent years with the Jets perhaps needing some leadership on that unit with their long time coach and captain both departing.

Safety is another position where the Jets currently seem to have roster spots there for the taking. While he might be the outsider in a battle for the fourth safety spot against guys like Rontez Miles, Jaiquawn Jarrett and maybe Donnie Fletcher (if they move him), Lockett's special teams play could force everyone in this battle to raise their game.

Special teams spots are always up for grabs, so although Robert Malone will enter camp as the favorite, if he falters Quigley might get a chance to impress. I think a change at long snapper is less likely, but you never know. There's no guarantee that Purdum will remain healthy.

Finally, Smith obviously needs to improve his run defense based on last year, if he wants to be a factor in a full time role. However, if he gets a chance to rush the passer in preseason, perhaps he'll make a case for a situational role. He'll be behind Ricky Sapp to start with, but Sapp has had problems staying healthy, so if he (or one of the other edge rushers) goes down, then maybe Smith will get his chance.

All in all, while these guys are all long shots to make the roster and some might not even make it to camp, maybe someone will get their chance and show they have enough promise to earn a role or even just a spot on the practice squad and a chance to develop towards a second look next year. If not, there's no harm done and at least they have a handful of guys that have been through the process.

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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 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)

Richard Sherman has kept tabs on former teammate Jermaine Kearse and went out of his way to praise the receiver. Sherman scribed a piece for The Players' Tribune called "Underrated Wide Receivers 101", highlighting who he believes to be underrated receivers in the league. He led with Kearse. 

The Jets acquired Kearse from the Seahawks, along with a second-round pick, for Sheldon Richardson just before the season started. Kearse has made 52 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns this season-- all already career highs or on pace to set career highs. 

"It's safe to say that Jermaine is clutch," Sherman said. "And ridiculously underrated..."

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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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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)

THE GAME: The Jets (5-9) at the New Orleans Saints (9-4) at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's a dome, so I wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, technically the Jets are alive...

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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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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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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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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…

Need to know

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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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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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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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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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:

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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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.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg, Denver Broncos, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints
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