Jets head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media after practice on Thursday. Here are five things we learned...
1.) CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) returned to practice on a limited basis. Bowles said Revis is progressing but still needs to be cleared by doctors.
2.) S Marcus Williams and LB Calvin Pace were both limited during practice.
3.) WR Brandon Marshall has been "as advertised," and is doing "everything and more" to help the team.
4.) Bowles is happy with the job OC Chan Gailey has done, saying Gailey can command the room.
5.) While the Jets haven't targeted their tight ends often, Bowles knows they can get it done if necessary.
It is good news that Revis is getting back on the field, but we'll have to wait and see whether he actually goes on Sunday. The coaching staff also said that if Marcus Williams plays, he will not be replacing Antonio Cromartie as the starter.
As far as Chan Gailey, just as we expected, the game has not passed him by. While Marty Mornhinweg saw the solution to every problem as a pass attempt, Gailey has not been as limiting. Gailey has some quality talent at receiver and a reliable quarterback, but the offensive line play has been sub-optimal much of the season. So it will be fun to see what he can build in years to come with better offensive talent at all spots.
One player that the team will have a hard time replacing in a few years when the time comes is Brandon Marshall. Marshall has been a huge part of the team's success this year and the combination with Eric Decker has been dynamic. The Jets are still trying to find a legitimate third option in the passing game to take some of the pressure off Marshall and Decker, and Bilal Powell has been the closest thing the team has had to an answer outside the WR position. So far, Powell's stats have been negative gameflow specific -- meaning when the team is down he tends to play more -- but he could start to see an expanded role that is less gameflow specific down the stretch.