The free agent period is just over a week away and the Jets have a large number of pending free agents yet not much cap room to re-sign most of their players. The likes of Dustin Keller and LaRon Landry are grabbing most of the attention as the team's marquee free agents, but both starting guards will also be free agents and the Jets will have some big decisions to make in terms of the future of the offensive line. After the jump, I'll go into the possibilities the Jets have, whether it's re-signing Moore and/or Slauson, looking for alternatives on the free agent market, giving current Jets a chance or looking towards the draft.

 

Pending Free Agents 

Matt Slauson

Slauson has started all 48 games for the Jets since taking over for Alan Faneca at left guard in 2010 and will hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. Slauson is the definition of a replacement level player, showing competence and durability as a starter between D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold though no where near the Pro Bowl level of the players he played in between. At 27 years old he's in the prime of his career and has chemistry playing between the offensive line's two cornerstones, but he is unlikely to get any better than he is now. Under Tannenbaum this past season the Jets were clearly anticipating the possibility of letting Slauson go, given the rotation at left guard that occurred during the past season with Slauson and Vladimir Ducasse. While nowhere near the top guard in the free agent pool, there will certainly be a market for a player like Slauson given his starting experience and durability and should the Jets wish to re-sign him they will almost surely face competition from teams looking to add a potential starter to their offensive line.

Probability of return: Low. Slauson is very much upgradable. While he wasn't exactly a weak link on the offensive line, he has more or less reached his ceiling and the Jets aren't in a position to re-sign him even as depth given the tight cap situation the Jets find themselves in. While he won't command a payday the likes of  Andy Levitre will, there will be a market for Slauson and the Jets are likely to be priced out of it. 

Brandon Moore

Moore has quietly been one of the best guards in the league over the past few seasons. He's spent his entire career as a member of the Jets and hasn't missed a start since becoming a starter in 2005. He'll be 33 years old in June and may soon see a decline in his performance, but there will certainly be a market for his services when he hits free agency regardless.

Probability of return: Moderate. A team looking for a quality stopgap at guard will have Brandon Moore in their sight and teams with a lot of cap room will be able to pay Moore a much better rate on a short term deal than the Jets will be able to. If the Jets prioritize re-signing Moore over other free agents they will have a decent chance to retain him, and there is the possibility that he may take a hometown discount so long as the Jets show him some respect with a decent deal. There is also the possibility however that John Idzik decides to put the focus on getting younger rather than investing precious cap room in an aging player like Moore. If significant cap space is used to successfully re-sign one of the team's key free agents like Dustin Keller or LaRon Landry, re-signing Moore at his market value becomes very unlikely. 

 

Current Jets

 

Vladimir Ducasse

When the Jets drafted Ducasse in the second round of the 2010 draft, Tannenbaum and Ryan expected too much of him too soon. Coming out of college he was a major project, but nonetheless he was expected to compete immediately to start at left guard with an eye to eventually kick out to right tackle. Three years later, Ducasse has yet to cement himself as a starter and is on the verge of being labeled a bust if he isn't one already. This past year he was clearly being groomed to start given his rotation at left guard with Matt Slauson, a move that was all but confirmed to be a front office directive during a media session with former offensive line coach David DeGuglielmo. With Tannenbaum no longer running the show however, it is unclear whether Ducasse will get a final opportunity to cement himself as a starter or whether John Idzik has other ideas.

Probability of starting: High. Matt Slauson is unlikely to return and the Jets won't be splashing cash in free agency for a quality starter like Andy Levitre, paving the way for Ducasse to have one final opportunity. He has yet to put it all together, but Ducasse does have very impressive raw talent and giving him an opportunity to hold down a starting position is the most efficient use of the resources the Jets have in what is going to be a transitional season. 

Caleb Schlauderaff  

The Jets acquired Schlauderaff from the Green Bay Packers in 2011 who traded him before his rookie season even officially went under way. Likely a Bill Callahan inspired acquisition, Schlauderaff could be a sleeper to compete for one of the guard spots if the guard position isn't prioritized in free agency.

Probability of starting: Low. Schlauderhaff is a sleeper to compete for a starting position, but expect the Jets to pursue a number of alternatives whether it be in free agency or through the draft.

 

Free Agents 

Geoff Schwartz, Minnesota Vikings

As reported by Tony Pauline, the Jets are expected to have interest in signing Schwartz as a cheap option to potentially start at guard. He started all 16 games for the Panthers in 2010 as both a right tackle and right guard, but after signing for the Vikings in 2011 missed that entire season with a hip injury. This past year he was a backup to Brandon Fusco in Minnesota and will be looking for an opportunity to start for another team once free agency begins. He's just 26 years old, versatile and performed well at guard for the Panthers when he was given the opportunity to start in 2010.

Probability of signing: High. Given the cap situation the Jets find themselves in and with a number of free agents that are a higher priority than last year's starting guards, Schwartz seems exactly like the type of player the Jets should target and the reported interest makes sense. He'll fit in with the Jets tight budget, has starting experience, is young, versatile and hungry for a starting opportunity. 

Donald Thomas, New England Patriots

Originally signing with New England as a backup, Thomas started seven games last season for New England due to injuries along the Patriots offensive line and played competently at both guard spots. He's unlikely to return to the Patriots as a team will likely give him a shot as a starter, and likely on a modest contract as well. At 27 years old, he'll be looking for a multiyear deal and could be a medium to long term option for the Jets if they choose to pursue him.

Probability of signing: Moderately Low. Thomas won't be signing an enormous deal, but he'll likely command a starter level salary and if the Jets are looking to throw decent money at a guard they'll likely just as soon invest it in Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore. 

Kevin Boothe, New York Giants

A Giant since 2007, Kevin Boothe has seen sporadic starting periods for the Giants during his tenure with the blue side of New York, culminating in a 2012 season where he started all sixteen games for the first time in his career. At age 29 going on 30, Boothe would be nothing more than a stopgap but brings solid run blocking ability to the table and is a well disciplined player, being called for just one false start last season.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Boothe won't be an expensive signing, and the Jets could be an attractive option for him given he's both a New York native and has spent the majority of his career residing in the area. 

Chad Rinehart, Buffalo Bills

Starting most of the year for the Bills in 2011, Chad Rinehart played pretty well but ultimately ended up as a backup entering 2012 behind Andy Levitre and Keith Urbik. He entered the starting lineup once more this past season once Urbik sustained injury early in the season, but Rinehart ended up on injured reserve soon after. He'll be 28 when the season starts and will be looking for a starting opportunity, and he could be a solid option for the Jets if the ankle injury that sidelined him this past year has completely healed.

Probability of signing: Moderate. Rinehart could be a solid medium term option if the Jets can get him on a modest salary. He'll be looking for a starting opportunity come free agency and it's something the Jets could offer him. Given his injury and lack of consistent starting experience, the Jets may also be able to get him on a one year "prove it" deal also. 

 

The Draft: Possibilities in the First Two Rounds

Chance Warmack, Alabama

In a draft class that experts are calling weak in the top end, if there is one truly elite prospect for his position it's Chance Warmack from Alabama. Typically unheard of for a guard, Warmack is a top five player on most draft boards and getting shouts as a potential top ten pick. Drafting a guard at ninth overall would be a reach in most drafts, but Warmack would be the exception to the rule and would be able to slide in immediately. From day one he would almost certainly be an upgrade over Matt Slauson.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The collective groan of Jets fans would be palpable if the Jets passed on a top pass rusher if available with the ninth pick, but given the possibility of the top ten seeing an early run on pass rushing prospects the Jets may not get the value they want if the right player isn't available. If such a scenario occurs, the Jets would have to give Warmack serious consideration. Trading down would be the alternative, but in this draft there aren't many players that teams would be willing to trade up for. 

Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

As rare as it is to see a draft where a guard has a legitimate first round grade, it's even more rare to see a draft with two. Jonathan Cooper is not the celebrated elite prospect that Warmack is, but some experts feel there is not a whole lot of difference between the two and Cooper also projects as an immediate starter on the NFL level.

Probability of drafting: Low. Cooper is a legitimate first round prospect and would instantly upgrade the Jets offensive line, but in terms of value he will not be worth the ninth pick and he's not going to be available in the second round. He would certainly be an option if the Jets move down in the first round, but as the draft isn't strong on the top end the Jets aren't going to have many potential trade partners to move down. 

Larry Warford, Kentucky

Warford is in the top 32 on some draft boards and thus may sneak into the first round, making it possible for the first round of the draft to see three guards taken. Warford is a classic mauler, weighing in at over 330 pounds and would compete for a starting spot if not earn it outright should the Jets draft him.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. Warford if available in the second round may be the ideal combination of value and need for the Jets. Other positions may be prioritized in the first two rounds, but if the Jets don't successfully land potential starters at guard in free agency nor draft Warmack in the first round Warford becomes a player to look out for. 

Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

Declaring for the draft as a center, Frederick also is being looked at as a guard prospect and is regarded as a prospect that could go as early as the beginning of the second round. As a Wisconsin offensive lineman, Frederick has a strong college pedigree following in the footsteps of Peter Konz, Kevin Zeitler and Gabe Carimi.

Probability of drafting: Low. Most draft boards consider Frederick to be a mid-to-late second round pick, and is a more natural center prospect than guard prospect. He shouldn't be ruled out completely for the Jets in the second round, but there will probably be better value available in the early second round, possibly even at guard if Warford is also available. 

Barrett Jones, Alabama

Jones is the classic technician in the interior, not possessing an imposing body frame but showcasing excellent technique and understanding of the game. Jones is an incredibly versatile prospect, playing center his senior season but also starting over 20 games as a guard over his college career and as a junior won the Outland Trophy for his excellent performance as a left tackle. Due to foot surgery, he hasn't been able to work out physically for any NFL franchises and won't be able to at all for the entire draft process which may hurt his draft stock.

Probability of drafting: Moderate. The opinion on where Barrett Jones will be drafted varies, with some experts feeling he could go as early the beginning of the second round with others feeling he'll be a late second round or early third round pick. If he is indeed available for the Jets in the third round, he would certainly be one of the top options on the Jets draft board, particularly if the first two rounds go by without the Jets drafting an interior lineman. 

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

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

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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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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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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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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