Every year, teams have to let some players go. Even though the Jets brought back Sione Po'uha, Bryan Thomas and Nick Folk, they chose not to bring everyone back. During preseason, I kept track of the progress on the guys who left so we could at least start to form some views on whether letting any of these guys loose was a mistake or a smart move. Now that the season is over, we can finally assess whether bringing any of these guys back would have made a difference this season.

This is the final update of the year and also acts as a primer in case you want to check on the progress of some of the guys whose new teams are still alive in the postseason. If you missed the first three updates, go here, here and here.

After the jump, all of the details from the season so far for each of the ex-Jets contributing elsewhere.

In no particular order...

Jim Leonhard - Safety, Broncos

After a slow start to the year, Leonhard settled into his role as the Broncos' third safety, usually operating in deep center field. He was rarely matched up against a receiver in man-to-man coverage so he was only targeted directly seven times all year (in 271 snaps), giving up five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. He did intercept two errant passes, both against San Diego. He ended the year with 12 tackles and just one missed tackle and the 17th best PFF coverage grade for safeties, despite playing fewer than 25% of the snaps.

Where the Jets may have missed him more is as a punt returner. Jeremy Kerley had a 68-yard touchdown in week one, but from that point onwards caught 55 punts and amassed just 140 yards. Leonhard's numbers were not that much better, as he caught 31 punts and returned them for a total of 89 yards, but even though he made a fair catch over 50% of the time, this was still significantly less than Kerley (65.5%). Leonhard did have one uncharacteristic fumble though and of course was beaten for a key first down in the playoff game yesterday.

Robert Turner, Center, St. Louis

Turner ended up playing every snap this year for the Rams, starting seven games at left guard and nine at center. His performances in those nine games were enough to give him the best pass blocking efficiency rating in the NFL for centers, as he gave up just one hit and two pressures. At guard, he struggled a bit more giving up a sack, two hits and eight pressures and grading out well below Matt Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse, so the Jets' contention that he couldn't play guard for them may just have been right.

Turner's run blocking was up and down when he was at center, but he struggled more consistently when moved back to guard. Overall, his performance solidifies him as a starter-level player and he heads into unrestricted free agency where Team Revis will presumably be looking to secure him a deal earning more than the minimum with a chance to start somewhere at center.

Wayne Hunter, Offensive Tackle, St. Louis

Earlier in the season, Hunter was called upon to start four games at left tackle following an injury to Roger Saffold. He came in and did a pretty good job, featuring consistent pass protection and some of the best run blocking we've ever seen from him, but then started suffering with a back injury. He headed back to the bench after a rough game in week six saw him give up three sacks. Over the last ten games, he moved back into a utility role and only featured on 20 snaps.

It's obvious that Hunter was never going to rebuild his shattered confidence with the Jets, so it was probably best for both teams that the Smith/Hunter swap went ahead. It's not really fair to compare their numbers, because Smith was only ever used as an extra tight end. However, both teams were likely pleased with what they would consider to be an upgrade.

Brian Schottenheimer, Offensive Co-ordinator, St. Louis

While the Rams offense ended up down near the bottom in most offensive categories, they did improve towards the end of the season to finish 23rd in total offense. The Jets were 30th. The Rams also ranked 17th in turnover differential and had the 18th best passing game despite dealing with plenty of injuries and an even worse supporting cast than the Jets.

Most importantly of all, Schottenheimer has finally got that "every quarterback who leaves Schottenheimer goes on to have a career year" monkey off his back. Sam Bradford had a career year for the Rams and Mark Sanchez obviously regressed. Like Hunter, Schottenheimer was unlikely ever to find redemption with the Jets, but those who were suggesting he'd never work in the NFL again were jumping the gun. A solid 2013 campaign on offense for the Rams will likely see Schottenheimer back in the discussion as a head coaching candidate once again. That's if he doesn't get the Jags job, where he's reputedly already been offered an interview.

Matt Mulligan, Tight End, St. Louis

Mulligan is a guy who usually graded out well as a blocker. However, it was his maddening mental errors that made him an unpopular figure with Jets fans. This year, he has certainly cut down on some of those errors, with only two penalties being called on him all year. He ended the year ranked 12th in PFF's rankings for run blocking tight ends. No Jets player ranked in the top 90, unless you include Dedrick Epps and Hayden Smith who had a neutral grade by virtue of the fact they hardly played.

Mulligan also caught eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, with no drops. That touchdown proved to be the winning score in the week two clash with the Redskins, a game in which he also blocked a punt.

Braylon Edwards, Wide Receiver, Seattle/NY Jets

Edwards is a curious case. He wasn't actually with the Jets last year, but we were including him anyway on the basis that he barely played last season and had been linked with a return here. Later in the season, the Jets did of course sign Edwards and he did a solid job. It also emerged that they had made a move for him at the trade deadline. Hopefully he will return next season and can remain healthy.

With Seattle, he caught five passes on opening day, but then dropped a potential game winning touchdown and only had three more catches for 31 yards over the next 11 weeks due to a combination of injuries and a lack of playing time. He did have a touchdown in his final game for the Seahawks, only for it to be overturned by the replay booth. If you were to extrapolate his stats over the final three games with the Jets over a whole season, you'd end up with 59 catches and 667 yards. I think the Jets would happily settle for numbers close to that next year, as long as he is prepared to re-sign for the minimum or close to it.

Marquice Cole, DB, New England

Cole hasn't played much this year, operating mainly as the fourth cornerback and a special teamer. 60% of his 199 snaps this year came in just two games - the Bills game in week 10 (after which they traded for Aqib Talib, shunting him further down the depth chart) and the Jags game in week 16, which was his only start. During that game, he injured his finger, but returned to practice yesterday and should be okay for the playoffs. Earlier in the year, he was dealing with some hamstring issues.

In that Jags game, he struggled slightly in coverage, giving up six catches on eight targets, including a 36-yarder, but he did intercept a pass and made some good plays in run support. Prior to the Jags game, he had only given up five catches for 56 yards on 14 targets. He finishes the season with 14 tackles (including five on special teams) and three missed tackles. The Jets have pretty good depth at cornerback, so they didn't really miss Cole this year. While he might have helped out on special teams, the issues there were probably more to do with the constant changes in personnel groupings due to injuries.

Ropati Pitoitua, DE, Kansas City

Pitoitua had a solid season in his first year with the Chiefs, playing over 500 snaps - more than the rest of his career combined - as he racked up 41 tackles and 10 starts. His pass rushing was a big disappointment as he end up with just two QB hits and no sacks or pressures over the last 12 games. In week four, he had recorded two sacks, but that proved to be the only game where he registered a sack all year.

Still, he managed to prove himself as a solid NFL rotational player, who can still do good things against the run, as he did against the Broncos in week 17 with a goal line stuff. Would he have helped the Jets this year? Hindsight being 20:20 maybe he would perhaps have been useful while Ellis and Po'uha were both injured, but then again, they were able to plug in Dan Muir for a couple of weeks without really missing a beat.

Terrance Ganaway, RB, St. Louis

The Jets had hoped to stash Ganaway on their practice squad this year, perhaps activating him later in the year with a view towards a role next season. However, the Rams picked him up and stashed him on their active roster instead - an option that wasn't really open to the Jets with all their injuries. Ganaway was active just three times all year and featured on just five offensive plays. He did not touch the ball.

Jamaal Westerman, DE, Arizona/Indianapolis

Just when it looked like Westerman's NFL career might be over after he was waived by the Cardinals - having seen just two snaps of action and played five games as a special teamer - he was picked up by the Colts and might get a chance to contribute in the postseason. He only played 21 snaps in four games for the Colts, but did record a sack in week 17 and three special teams tackles in week 16. He only played four snaps in the playoff loss to the Ravens, though.

Plaxico Burress, WR, Pittsburgh

Burress remained on the shelf until late in the season when he joined the Steelers. He only played 34 snaps, but did score his first touchdown in week 17 against the Bengals. He ends the season with three catches for 42 yards on seven targets, but did also draw at least one pass interference penalty on a fade route, so that's perhaps somewhere he's still capable of being a threat.

Jonathan Grimes, RB, Houston Texans/Jacksonville

The Jets let Grimes go and the Texans, who had him on their practice squad earlier in the year, picked him back up again for their active roster. However, they did not use him on offense at all and after six games, they let him go too. The Jags picked him up in time for the last game, but he did not see action. They will presumably look to give him a shot next year.

Martin Tevaseu, DT, Indianapolis Colts

Tevaseu has been playing as a backup nose tackle all year with the Colts. He ended up participating on 224 snaps in 13 games, starting the last two. He had a minimal impact (13 tackles, one pressure), although he did have a good game against Jacksonville earlier in the year and didn't have any serious negative plays all year.

Like Pitoitua (and Marcus Dixon), Tevaseu's impact had he remained with the Jets would likely have been limited. He only played nine snaps in the Colts' playof game last week.

Hayworth Hicks, OL, Kansas City/Tampa Bay/Carolina

The Jets signed Hicks off the Colts practice squad and then waived him three weeks later in an effort to sneak him onto their practice squad. Unfortunately, the Chiefs swooped in and took him for themselves. They let him go one week later and the Bucs picked him up, only to also release him one week later. He ended up getting signed by the Panthers in week 16, his fifth team of the season, although he never took the field for any of them.

John Conner, FB, Cincinnati

Finally, John Conner represents the fifth of our Expendables to see action in the postseason. He played just three games with the Jets this year before being released and was picked up by the Bengals with two games to go in the season. He played 24 snaps in those two games, but did not fare well as a run blocker. They threw him one pass too, but that was incomplete. The Jets grew impatient with Conner's slow development curve but he was always inconsistent rather than plain bad, so perhaps the Bengals will be able to harness that and get some kind of production from him. He only played five snaps in their playoff defeat last week, but is under contract for next year.

That's it for the Expendables this season. Stay tuned though, because I'm also going to do an Expendables draft special where I will look at how some of the players the Jets could have drafted in April fared in their rookie year. Next year's Expendables should be very interesting with a huge roster turnover anticipated and many tough decisions to come. Will any of the Jets so-called poor talent be able to catch on elsewhere?

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

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

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The Football Night in New York crew break down the Jets ugly 23-0 loss to the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/10 00:12:08
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos, 23-0.

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

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

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

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

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Adams on playing for Gang Green 00:02:14
Jets safety Jamal Adams sits with Jeane Coakley to discuss his relationship with Marcus Maye and what it's like to play for Todd Bowles.

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

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

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

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

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Vacchiano's 3 keys to a Jets win 00:01:49
SNY NFL insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a New York Jets victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

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

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

Click below to listen

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

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THE GAME

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

THE WEATHER:

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

WHAT IT MEANS

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Bowles elated 00:00:28
Todd Bowles gives the reaction of the season after a short press conference, and Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys for a Jets win.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Jamal Adams on his rookie season 00:03:43
Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss his rookie season and his style both on and off the field.

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


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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Need to know

The Jets practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Ed Mulholland)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse catches a pass during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Need to know

The Jets return to practice on Tuesday after head coach Todd Bowles gave the team the day off following "Victory Monday" in celebration of Sunday's 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

 

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

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