With the offseason well underway, the Jets have continued to sign some guys that Jets fans might not know too much about. I'll be taking a closer look at each of the new signings and trying to assess what they can bring to the table for the Jets in 2013. Today, I look at another recent signing, guard Stephen Peterman.

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.

Peterman, a 31-year old, is 6-4 and weighs in at 323 pounds. He was drafted in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2004, but was released after two injury-plagued seasons. However, he soon found a new home and has been starting at right guard for the Detroit Lions for the past six seasons. Peterman signed a one-year, veterans minimum deal to join the Jets and should compete for a job with the likes of Vlad Ducasse, Willie Colon and Caleb Schlauderaff, along with the Jets' 3rd, 5th and 6th round picks.

After the jump, I'll be reviewing his career so far and looking in detail at what he could provide the Jets with this year and going forward.

Who is Stephen Peterman?

Peterman was a tight end in high school but converted to guard when he went to college at LSU. There he was a three-year starter and part of the 2003 national championship team.

After being drafted in the third round by the Cowboys, Peterman suffered a serious knee injury that caused him to spend his rookie year on injured reserve. He also broke a finger and Bill Parcells was said to have grown tired of his slow recovery. Peterman made three appearances on special teams at the end of the year in 2005, but did not make it through final cuts in 2006.

Signed by the Detroit Lions, Peterman continued to develop and got two late-season starts, turning heads in an upset win over his former team. Tom Kowalski from Lions Insider saw plenty of reasons for hope:

When you look at his tape, you see a guy who has a great deal of toughness and tenacity. He also plays smart and moves fairly well. The most impressive thing, though - and it really showed in the game against the Cowboys and their athletic defensive linemen - was his ability to recover after getting beat initially. He would be at a leverage disadvantage very quickly in the play, but use his strength and footwork to regain the advantage.

Peterman won a starting job early in the 2007 season and has been the full-time starter since then. He did miss the last seven games of 2009 after landing on injured reserve with an ankle problem, but other than that has only missed two starts since being named the starter - both of them back in 2008.

Peterman has been completely healthy over the past two seasons and in 2010, although he was dealing with a foot issue all year, which affected him badly, he didn't miss any games. He struggled badly all year though, although he did play well over the last month. In 2011, he had a solid season and was ranked as PFF's 16th best guard. However, in 2012, although he graded out positively overall, he was down near the bottom of the league in terms of pass protection. Peterman's best season was probably the 2009 season that was cut short - he ended up ranked 14th despite missing the last seven games and could probably have finished in the top five if he'd stayed healthy and continued to play at the same level.

Let's get into the film to see what he's made of...

Observations

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

Usage - Peterman has just been a right guard for the Lions. He does have experience of playing at left guard in college though. In 2006, the Cowboys started working with him as a center, but that was the first time he had ever played the position. However, he said he enjoyed it, although he never got any regular season game experience. This could be important though, because they will need to have at least one active player who can slide over to the center position in the event of a Nick Mangold injury. Matt Slauson's ability to do this enabled the Jets to keep Caleb Schlauderaff on the inactive list in the past, freeing up a spot for a special teams contributor. Had there been a longer term injury (to Mangold or Slauson), then Schlauderaff would have been activated. Schlauderaff and UDFA Dalton Freeman are currently the only other players with experience of playing center (although there was some talk of Willie Colon being capable of playing the position back when he was a draft prospect at Hofstra).

Athletic Ability - Despite the fact he's played in a scheme where he's required to make blocks on the move, Peterman's athleticism does not really stand out. However, he does have the ability to make those blocks due to good technique and strength. Check out this play where Peterman gets out in front of a screen and makes the block on Patrick Willis. You'll note that he looks pretty slow getting out in front, but sizes Willis up well and ensures that he is able to prevent him from getting inside leverage, springing the runner for an eventual 50-yard gain. Guys like Mangold and Slauson look much better than that in terms of getting out in front on a screen pass, but they don't grade out as well in terms of screen blocking because Peterman is more consistent at making that block on in space.

Now that Peterman is 31, he may have lost a step or two, but his athletic numbers entering the NFL were not that impressive anyway. He ran a 5.46 forty at the combine and his vertical jump and broad jump were below 25 inches and eight feet respectively, a sign that he might have lacked explosiveness.

Run Blocking - Peterman graded out well as a run blocker in 2012. He has the ability to use his strength to gain a leverage advantage at the point of attack and the mobility to make pulling blocks or get to the second level. Check out this play for a good example of run blocking from Peterman (#66 at right guard). Here are a couple of images from the coaching film to show what a good job he did on that play:

As the ball is handed off, Peterman starts to block the defensive tackle to his right.

As the double team comes from the right tackle, Peterman is able to prevent the defensive tackle from getting to the inside. Linebacker Russel Allen (#50) comes across and is positioned to make a tackle in the hole if the runner cuts back.

The runner does cut back, but Peterman peels off his block to take on Allen.

Peterman gets outside leverage on Allen.

He is then able to continue to drive Allen to the inside, creating a huge hole for the runner to go in basically untouched.

For the most part, Peterman does a consistent job as a run blocker and would probably handle those aspects of his role well, if he were to get playing time with the Jets.

Pass Protection - Here is where there is some cause for concern. Peterman gave up more pressure than any other guard in the NFL last year and watching the film reminds me of when I reviewed film on Alan Faneca in 2010. Peterman seemed to struggle with his lateral movement, found it difficult to anchor against a bullrush and didn't do a good enough job of preventing his man from getting separation. As with Faneca in 2010, it's difficult to avoid attributing this to the aging process, especially with no reported injuries to pin it on. Peterman himself admitted that his foot injury impeded his ability to anchor himself back in 2010 and we've seen in recent years the effect a knee injury can have on a guard's lateral movement (Matt Slauson in the second half of 2010). However, since no injuries were reported, can we realistically expect Peterman to do better in 2013?

On this example his lack of lateral quickness is exposed as Israel Idonije uses his quickness to easily get inside leverage and blow by Peterman for the strip sack. Based on the comments earlier in this article, it sounds like he had the strength and technique to recover from that kind of situation earlier on in his career, but perhaps that's no longer the case. On this example, Peterman pulls right and doesn't manage to secure his block so that when Matt Stafford is forced to step up, it's easy for Shea McClellin to get off the block and pick up half a sack. Finally, on this play Letroy Guion is able to create separation and causes Peterman to overbalance and topple over.

Peterman was much more reliable in 2011, so maybe there are some correctable reasons for his 2012 struggles, but watching the film doesn't exactly fill me with confidence. Also, the Lions offense has plenty of quick passing specifically designed to mitigate pressure, so Peterman's numbers might have been even worse in another system. Since Mark Sanchez has a habit of holding the ball for too long or not anticipating pressure, I could imagine that a higher percentage of those pressures allowed by Peterman would result in sacks or hits if Sanchez was his quarterback as opposed to the 19.6% that resulted in a sack or hit on Stafford. Then there's the actual effect that the pressure has on each of those quarterbacks. Stafford's QB rating under pressure per PFF was 62.4, whereas Sanchez's was 43.3 last year.

Of course, Sanchez might not be starting, but since the alternatives are two young guys who might not yet be prepared to anticipate the rush at the NFL level and one old guy who might lack the mobility to escape the rush these days, protecting whoever gets the job should be a priority.

Scheme Familiarity

One thing Peterman will bring to the team is experience and hopefully a good understanding of the system Mornhinweg will be running. Peterman joined the Lions in 2006, three and a half years after Mornhinweg had left his post as their head coach. I'm not sure how many of his philosophies remained in place on offense after his departure, but the Lions do currently run a West Coast style offense with a stretch/zone blocking scheme, so there should be plenty of overlap.

Instincts - As you'd expect from such an experienced player, Peterman seems to have a good understanding of what his role is and how to deal with situations like stunts. The book on him coming out of college was that he has good instincts anyway. Where he was beaten, it was usually because he was at an athletic or technical disadvantage, not due to confusion.

Attitude - Jets fans might remember that there was some controversy involving Peterman following the Jets' overtime win in Detroit in 2010. He was initially fined for two blocks that Bart Scott had described as "dirty" but then let off on appeal. Despite this reputation he's not been that heavily penalized - committing 25 penalties over the past five seasons, 12 of which were during that 2010 season where he was playing hurt. He had just four in 2012, so plays with good discipline and there are plenty of comments online about how tough and hardworking he is.

Back in 2011, he did get penalized on this bizarre play.

Conclusions

Having watched the footage on Peterman, unless there's some reason for his struggles in pass protection, that seems to be the reason he was still available and ultimately signed for the minimum. While he still shows good technique in the running game and as a blocker on screen passes, the Jets have relied on solid pass protection from the right guard position over the last few years and if Peterman was to win the starting job and struggle like he did in 2012, that could sink the Jets' season.

There are some definite positives to this move though. Peterman has experience and enough scheme familiarity that he can impart plenty of wisdom onto some of the younger guard candidates. He has also been healthy for the past few years, which hopefully makes him a good fallback option. He is reliable in the running game, suggesting he can do a good job in a backup role even if that means they give him help in pass protection. Finally, he offers them the possibility of keeping a backup lineman on the active roster who can snap the ball in the case of emergencies.

When the Jets first expressed interest in Peterman, I saw him as a long time starter that fits the system and could come in and compete for the starting job with the Jets. However, his struggles in pass protection lead me to reset my expectations. If Peterman does make this team, I expect it to be as a backup and I'd have faith that he'd provide them with decent short-term depth in that role. However, if he ends up starting in the long term, that likely means that one of the other candidates they hoped would emerge has fallen short and this could be a problem.

Still, for a minimum salary deal, I do like the pickup for the reasons stated in the second paragraph of this section. There will definitely be some worse players than Peterman playing guard this year around the league.

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Jets head coach Todd Bowles believes his team will perform better than anyone is expecting them to this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

Bowles spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN radio at camp Monday, and gave the Jets' fan base an encouraging message. 

"I would tell them that we're not going to be a terrible team," Bowles said. "We're going to come out there and fight, and blood, sweat and tears will go out to the city and our fans, and we're going to win more games than everybody ever expected."

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where Todd Bowles wants more consistency and hopes to name a starting quarterback soon.

 

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he will "probably" name a starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles said on Monday that he wants to first watch film of Saturday's game against the Giants before making an announcement. The Jets will conclude their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Eagles at home on August 31.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson has passed on the duties of team chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, the team announced on Monday.

The anticipated move came after Woody Johnson was sworn in as US Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland on Monday.  

Earlier this month, Woody Johnson was confirmed by the Senate to serve in the role.

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Jets fans took to Twitter after Sunday night's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones to jokingly suggest the Night King should be their quarterback.

Warning: Episode spoilers below!

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

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After losing some veterans on the offensive line, the Jets are looking for some answers and reliability in the trenches as they march toward the regular season. 

The offense struggled as a whole in Saturday's loss at the Lions, producing just 85 rushing yards and six total points. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg only went 2-of-6 for 14 yards in the first half. Head coach Todd Bowles attributes that to some issues on the line. 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

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As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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

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

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

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

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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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