With Darrelle Revis now in Tampa Bay, we wanted to take one long last look at his career with the Jets and reflect on how the situation came to where it ended on Sunday night.

Revis was a player that the Jets coaches, scouts and front offices knew they badly wanted as they approached the 2007 NFL Draft.  On draft's first day, the Jets traded their 25th, 59th and 164th overall picks to Carolina to gain the 14th pick and a sixth rounder allowing them to select Darrelle Revis, a player destined to become a cornerstone of the defense and looks to continue to in Tampa Bay.  In addition to Revis, the returned sixth rounder from Carolina later helped the Jets to trade up to acquire LB David Harris, now the only remaining defensive player still with the Jets from the 2007 season.

The Jets 2007 NFL Draft class might have only had four selections, but the impact of adding Harris and Revis was unquesioned for the Jets defense over the next six years.  “For the quality of players we were able to acquire," Mike Tannenbaum told reporters the night after the conclusion of the draft, "we thought it was worth it."  It might have seemed like a risk at the time, but former GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Eric Mangini saw Revis as all reward.  The two had coveted Revis and had done as much homework as possible on the Junior cornerback from the University of Pittsburgh. When watching game film, Mangini marveled that Revis was almost never beaten by a receiver.  Eric Mangini once called Revis "inherently competitive" -- a prophetic phrase even in his desire to be one of the league's top paid players.  Tannenbaum famously quizzed the limousine driver who took Revis to and from the airport on his pre-draft visit to the Jets.  The Jets GM later quipped that “it was just another test he passed.”

Revis had to pass a lot of tests growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Aliquippa, PA.  Gangs, drugs and violence were fixtures in his community and while his family kept him close, there were too many sobering lessons for a young man of his age.  His family kept him away from most of it, but not all.  One of Revis' uncles once belonged to a gang at the Griffin Heights apartment complex in his town and Revis often begged his uncle to tag along.  After months, his uncle reluctantly agreed.  It was the first and last time Revis ever asked to join him.

Passing tests was easy for Darrelle and if he had passed every test leading in the pre-draft process, he and the Jets received an incomplete when both sides were unable to come to terms on a rookie contract prior to the start of training camp.  Getting rookies in on time was a source of pride for Tannenbaum and something that had only happened on his watch once prior with the Jets.

It had been ten years since rookie James Farrior held out in 1997, the year of  Mike Tannenbaum's first year in New York while working under Parcells.  Tannenbaum knew the importance of avoiding rookie holdouts, an event that could hold back rookies from valuable learning time in camp.  

The main holdup of the contract was over one issue, the length of the contract.  Revis had watched his uncle Sean Gilbert's process in the NFL and how teams can control players through extra years and franchising.  Staying away from a similar situation was something deeply ingrained into the rookie and he knew his conviction in seeing it address in his contract mattered.  Gilbert had sat out a whole season after a contract/franchising dispute with the Washington Redskins, a move which saw Gilbert traded to the Panthers after a year to get the deal he wanted.  At the time, the Jets were adamant about making the deal six-years and Revis's agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod  (who were mired in another Jets contract squabble with another client, Pete Kendall) preferred a five-year term for their rookie client and the inability to franchise.  While there had been many passes, the Jets worked late into the night on August 14th with Schwartz and Feinsod, while Eric Mangini visited with Revis's mother Diana Gilbert that night to encourage a deal.  A deal was finally struck the next day, August 15th 2007 and Revis jumped into practices.  It hadn't been four months since his drafting by the Jets and while the team might have known what they had on the field and in the gym, the clouds were already darkening over the front office.

Revis eventually settled on a generous contract that many thought exorbitant on the Jets part, based on where he was drafted.  The deal was a six year contract worth as much as  $36 million and which included $11 million in guarantees and a signing bonus of $4.7 million.  The contract also contained stipulations against franchising along with language to make the deal voidable or able to be bought back by the Jets.  While there was no franchising, it still allowed the Jets to bank on the fact they thought they had one of the league's very best cornerbacks and it didn't take them long to see it for themselves.  Revis got into camp late and while there was some initial hazing, his teammates quickly took him under their wing and he spent countless hours studying the team's defensive scheme as well as doing exhaustive film work. The talent and the hard work paid off and Revis tallied three interceptions and a staggering 17 passes defensed in his rookie year.

There were signs of greatness from Revis in his rookie season, but it wasn't without its low points.  Lee Evans got the best of Revis in an October game against the Bills and then in a 2007 December 9th matchup against the Browns, Revis had one of his toughest games.  Future Jet Braylon Edwards caught a number of key passes matched up against Revis, most notably in a one-two punch in the second half in which Edwards caught a 45-yarder to put the Browns in scoring reach.  Then two plays later, QB Derek Anderson went back to Edwards, who scored a four-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone.  Both passes came over Revis, who didn't mince words later in the locker room, "it wasn't a positive game for me."

To his credit, Revis bounced back with a solid game the next week against the then seemingly unstoppable Spygate Patriots.  Revis faced off against Randy Moss and held the Patriot receiver without a score for only the third time of the 2007 regular season.  Of course, with handshakes between Mangini and Belichick to obsess over, Revis's play got lost in the shuffle.

If 2007 was a baptism by fire, then 2008 was when Jets fans really began to see how valuable Revis could be to the team. Pro Football Focus ranked Revis as their third best corner that season, beating out much bigger names of the time like Champ Bailey, Charles Woodson and Asante Samuel among others. Revis's rapid growth at the start of the 2008 season was noticeable.  Within just a few games, it became clear what the Jets long-term goals were around Revis; to effectively match him up against an opponent's best receiver and have Revis neutralize them. "[The coaches] want to put our best against their best," Revis told reporters that September. "As a competitor, I want to go up against the best every week. That's why they drafted me, why they think I can do that job."  Over the course of the rest of that season, Revis only became more consistent in his play.  There were never bad games for Revis and his good games were getting better and he started impacting the game more and more.

2008 was also special in another way for Revis. Veteran corner Ty Law joined the team in November, just in time for a Thursday night matchup against the Patriots, a game the Jets won 34-31 in overtime.  Law also grew up in Aliquippa Pennsyvania and was an icon and mentor to Revis.  Law, who had played for the Jets in 2005 saw it as an opportunity to pass the torch to a fellow 'Quip. “That’s my little boy,” said the then 34-year-old Law. “I’ve watched him grow up and to be able to help him now, it’ll be a good deal. He’s wearing No. 24, and he’s representing me. He’s a stud, and it’s going to be more of a pleasure to watch him grow.”

Revis was progressively getting better over the course of 2008, but it was the proverbial tree-falling-in-the-woods.  Since all the media attention was locked on Brett Favre and the collapse of the Jets over the second half of the season, few noticed the quiet and steadily increasing play of Revis. The coach who brought him in just two years prior was now gone and the team was moving on to a new coaching paradigm in an attempt to get out from the shadow of the Patriots.  While Revis's game had been improving quickly, Revis himself openly stated that there were a few things he thought were lacking in Mangini.  "He needed to sit us down, correct the mistakes, and get more in-depth with what we need to do, and what we need to accomplish as a team," Revis told WFAN back in early 2009.   "He'll say one thing on the board, but then relating to the player, [he] had a tough time sometimes."

The Jets got a much more approachable coach in Rex Ryan and one who intricately knew how to use great cornerbacks.  In his introductory press conference, Ryan called Revis "the best cornerback" in the league.  While many were put off by Ryan's early boasting, calling Revis that during his first day on the job was prophesy.  Revis was named the AFC Defensive Player of the year, was the AFC reception return yards leader and racked up an unconscionable 31 passes defensed -- a number that has never been repeated.  He ranked first overall among cornerbacks according to Pro Football Focus and the Jets held top opposing wideouts to the lowest effectiveness over the course of the season.  In average yards allowed to oppsing #1 receivers, the Jets lead the league by a huge margin at just 30.5 yards per game.  The most impressive part?  He did it against some of the league's very best players that year: Andre Johnson, Randy Moss (twice), Marques Colston, Steve Smith, Roddy White, Reggie Wayne and Chad Ochocinco were among them and none of them had more than 70 yards a game.  The strength of Revis's play helped the Jets create one of the league's most suffocating defenses that year and allowed the team's rookie quarterback some breathing room to make a postseason bid.

As many fathers and uncles talk to their sons and nephews about the 1969 Amazins,  Willis Reed's Game 7 appearance or Maris & Mantle, the 2009 season by Revis has that same quality.   That season was poetry, poetry with a regular pattern.  As the season went on, the refrain was always the same.  The Jets would face off against an impressive receiver or quarterback and the question would inevitably be asked again; but can Revis dominate this game?  And each week the answer would always be a resounding YES.  Rex Ryan called the season "the best year a cornerback has ever had."

While 2009 didn't produce a Defensive Player of the Year honor for Revis (robbed in the voting by Charles Woodson) it did produce his now famous moniker Revis Island.  Revis Island of course was a figurative place where opposing receivers would get marooned or shipwrecked when up against the Jets and Revis.  It might have been small and inhospitable, but Revis Island was the one place where Jets fans could ruthlessly rule over any NFL team.  It was a clever and definitive of the post Mangini Jets and the fans embraced it lustily.  The zeitgeist reached a crescendo with Mayor Bloomberg's pronouncement that Manhattan was unoffically "Revis Island" for the team's 2009-2010 postseason run.  In what now seems in retrospect one of the most fitting acts, Revis sought trademark protection for the phrase.

Due to the magnitude of how well Revis played in 2009, the team's situation with Revis quickly shifted.  While the Jets didn't make it to the Super Bowl, the knew what they had in Revis and based on the prior negotiations over his rookie deal, the team approached Revis' agents seek a deal that would make Revis a Jet for the remainder of his career.  A deal was not struck and rumors of Revis' displeasure became reality when in spring a practice, Revis faked an injury to protest his contract situation.  That move was the warning shot across the team's bow that Revis was about to hold out until a new deal was struck.

For the most part, the public was on his side.  Having just become an NFL household name and doing so in such an impressive fashion, it was impossible for the Jets to ignore the public pressure and not do a deal.  Knowing that he was still a ways from free agency and having proven himself to be one of the best defenders in football, Revis and his agents were looking for a massive new contract once the Jets had opened Pandora's box in approaching him in the first place.

What followed was a very long process to get Revis and the Jets to create a new deal.  Media blackouts, clandestine meetings at the Roscoe Diner, irate conference calls with Rex Ryan ... more beseeching of Revis's mother and uncle ... the contract took months to renegotiate and gave both sides something they wanted, but wasn't without its thorns.  In the end, Revis got a huge payday worth $46 million over four years and assurances that the Jets could not franchise him, while the Jets got their star player plus the assurances that he would never hold out again because of severe penalties adding years back to the deal should he do so.

When the deal was struck, GM Mike Tannenbaum was open about how doubtful he was that a deal would get done.  "This was one of those things where I really wasn't optimistic," Tannenbaum said. "I really wasn't. I'm an optimist by nature, but this was really hard. There was a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of work put into it."

Revis was aware of the strain his holdout had been and acknowledged it on Twitter. "It not has only been hard on you [the fans] but it has for me too. I just want to tell y'all that I'm sorry for this process and I can't wait to get back on the field."

Revis was ready to get back to playing, but whether the Jets and Revis were both happy with their deal seemed uncertain.  The agents later referred to the deal as a "Band-Aid" disparagingly, but Revis' signing made for a fairytale ending for HBO & NFL Films and as neatly as possible squashed the Waiting for Godot storyline of the 2010 installment of Hard Knocks.

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Of course, less than a week after signing and this warm and fuzzy moment, Revis told NBC Sports that he might orchestrate yet another holdout the following year, should he need to do so.  To many, that was the point where his good will in the public started eroding.

After all the maneuvering leading into the season, 2010 didn't go as hoped.  Revis played well in stretches, his conditioning was questionable.  Against the Patriots in a September game, Revis pulled his hamstring on a pass to Randy Moss that ended up being a touchdown after a war of words between Moss and Revis during the previous postseason.  Revis then missed three games and admitted that absence from training camp might have been a factor.  In October of that year, he was ticketed for speeding when driving 80 mph in a 40 mph zone because he was late to practice.  Until a stellar late stretch and playoff run, 2010 was the most unRevislike season of his career.

Putting all the ugliness behind him, Revis returned to form in 2011 with another dominant season.  If the world wasn't paying attention in 2009, Revis made sure that wouldn't happen again in 2011 when he  intercepted Tony Romo to help the Jets clinch a victory on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 during a Sunday Night Football game.  A month later, Revis set a team record (tied) by returning an interception 100 yards against the Dolphins.

2011 was a statistical success, but missed the playoffs due to poor execution and a lack of chemistry and leadership from within.  At the 2012 Pro Bowl, Revis was asked about the on-field meltdown of Santonio Holmes against the Dolphins.  Revis answered that “this past year was very frustrating for not just me, but for the team as a whole,” Revis told NFL Network. “There was a lot of stuff going on… behind the scenes that I figured we would have [fixed] it [at the time]. Then everything would have been cool and we could have moved on. Obviously we didn’t. The season kind of spiraled late during the season.”

Revis also told reporters that he and Rex had a serious talk after the season ended and Revis mentioned that Rex Ryan didn't know all of the drama that was killing the Jets from within.  “After the season, [Rex and I] talked," Revis said from the Pro Bowl.  "Basically, he didn’t know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes. It was just so much stuff. I’m really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep. But he didn’t know a lot of the things. He wanted people to say things to him. But obviously it didn’t come out. It came out on the field (late in the season).”

Putting both quotes together was troubling, for a variety of reasons.  The Jets players didn't have the leadership and communication skills needed to handle the bad blood between players during the course of the 2011, but Revis didn't seem able to take the mantle of leader of this team, though there was every reason for him to be.  Revis was one of the team's longest tenured defenders.  Revis was the team's best player by far, shutting down opponents week in and week out.  Revis worked harder than most anyone else on the team and younger players emulated his work ethic.  Revis made more money than anyone else on the team during the 2011 season.  Revis had everything going for him to be the one player that all the others would follow without question, but when it came to squashing locker room controversy and pulling the team together, he took a passive role in explaining and resolving the problem and in notifying his coach, just according to his own quotes.

After taking $25 million in compensation in 2011 through bonuses and salary, there were rumblings about Revis' discontent with his 2012 salary as the Jets prepared for the 2012 NFL Draft.  Revis was set to make $46 million over the course of his four years, but the numbers were swinging to the Jets favor in 2012.   The threats of a potential holdout seemed real, but they went nowhere and the public started to feel the fatigue of the third threat of a holdout in six years.  With just two years left on his contract should he not hold out as opposed to four years at a salary that would greatly displease Revis should he stay away from camp, the team's cornerback chose to quietly show up for training camp and put his contract complaints for 2012 behind him.  Revis had made his point; if he was going to stay with the Jets, he wanted a new contract after the 2012 season ended.

Then the 2012 season happened.  In the season opener, Revis suffered a concussion which kept him off the field in Week 2.  In his first game back on September 23, Revis tore the ACL on his left knee in a non-contract injury.  The injury was obviously serious and his return for the season seemed doubtful.  Rex Ryan held off putting Revis on IR for a few weeks, hoping he could come back for the playoffs, but as the season unfolded Ryan eventually relented.

As soon as Revis was taken off the field, the questions began about what his long-term viability with the Jets might be.  Had fans already seen Revis play his last game with the Jets?  Coming off injury, it seemed unlikely that the Jets were going to renegotiate the contract with Revis, something he was already upset over in leading into 2012.  How was the situation about to get better?  If anything the injury made the situation infinitely more complex.

We all know what happened from here, but in the end the Jets and Darrelle Revis parted because they didn't see eye to eye on matching up his contributions to compensation.  Revis is assuredly one of the best players in the league and deserves to get recognized for that.  But the team who quizzed his limo driver for dirt, the team who risked a daring draft day trade to pick him, the team who broke their normal protocol to renegotiate his deal earlier than they normally would had gone as far as they felt possible.

Revis is betting on himself, and rightly so.

Jets are betting on themselves, and rightly so.

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Wilkerson not playing at Saints 00:02:19
Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Jets practice where the team announced that Muhammad Wilkerson will not play this Sunday.
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Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon are frustrated after another loss in a game they were supposed to win. The guys discuss Josh McCown's broken left hand, and how it impacts the team going forward. Later, Jets linebacker Demario Davis joins the show to talk about his leadership as team captain, McCown's impact, and the rise of the team's young linebackers - Darron Lee and Jordan Jenkins.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) celebrates after intercepting the ball, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) (Lynne Sladky/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is out for Sunday's game against the game after he was benched for showing up late to the team facility Friday. 

Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans as it was a 'coaching decision,' according to head coach Todd Bowles. Wilkerson supposedly showed up to the facility "very late," a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. This is the third straight year the 28-year-old has been benched for being late. 

This season, Wilkerson has been underperforming with only 3.5 sacks and 46 combined tackles. 

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The Daily News Live crew discusses Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson not traveling to play in New Orleans this Sunday due to tardiness.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Muhammad Wilkerson has no future with the Jets. He knows it and they know it. He'll be released long before his 2018 salary is guaranteed on March 16.

And really, there's no reason to wait that long anymore.

Wilkerson was punished by Jets coach Todd Bowles on Friday, after he showed up late -- very late -- to the team facility, according to a team source. Bowles immediately told the 28-year-old malcontent he wouldn't be traveling to New Orleans with the team for the game on Sunday. And according to one team source, his pseudo-suspension could last longer than that.

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SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano gives his three keys to a Jets victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson gestures after a play against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson will not travel with the team to New Orleans to face the Saints on Sunday, head coach Todd Bowles said on Friday, saying it was a 'coaching decision' -- not injury-related.

Wilkerson was very late to the Jets' facility today, which is why he was benched, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, who says it wouldn't be a surprise if this isn't just a one-game punishment, either.

Earlier this month, a day after he benched Wilkerson for most of the first quarter because he showed up late to a team meeting, Bowles said he still considers the 28-year-old defensive end a team leader.

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Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 26, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) calls a play at the line during the third quarter of a preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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John Morton on quitting vs. DEN 00:00:31
Jets offensive coordinator John Morton admits to calling it quits in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jets OC John Morton said his team waved the white flag last Sunday against the Broncos, with his team trailing, 23-0, in the fourth quarter.

"Listen, the game was out of hand and I didn't want to let some bad stuff happen," Morton said. "At that time, I don't like to say, 'No mas,' but it was time to get out of there. They kicked our butts, they kicked our butts. Sometimes that happens in the National Football League."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveI know there are some people bothered by this, but I don't get it at all. Jets offensive coordinator John Morton gave an honest and reasonable answer to a question about why he wasn't being more aggressive with his play calling in the fourth quarter...

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On Loud Mouths, the guys fill in the blanks on hot topics including Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Jeremy Kerley's ghost and Star Wars.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley said he still wasn't sure how a banned substance in his system led to a four-game suspension and suggested it was because of a ghost.

"I don't know, a lot of ghosts around here," Kerley said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "Ghost put it in. You know the ghost of Christmas past."

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Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Korren Kirven (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets signed offensive tackle Korren Kirven to the practice squad and released tight end Zach Conque, the team announced Friday.

Kirven, an undrafted rookie out of Alabama, had signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2017 draft.

Conque was with the Jets' practice squad for three weeks after the Houston Texans waived/injured him in August.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets' plan 00:02:06
On GEICO SportsNite, Ralph Vacchiano discusses how the Jets are preparing to face Drew Brees and the formidable New Orleans Saints.

After Josh McCown's season-ending injury, Bryce Petty has been pushed to center stage for the Jets and will be starting this Sunday in New Orleans. The Saints won't take the Jets' backup lightly, citing a lack of film on the former Baylor quarterback.

Publically, multiple members of the Saints' secondary have been respectful of Petty's ability.

"For me having been in this league for a while, it's actually scarier going against a guy you don't have a lot of film on..."

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4 Keys to beating the Saints 00:04:30
On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.

On Jets Game Plan, the crew discusses the keys to stopping Drew Brees and the red-hot New Orleans Saints this week.


Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) (Ed Mulholland)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Bryce Petty will make his fifth career start for the Jets on Sunday in New Orleans because Josh McCown has a broken left hand and because, as Todd Bowles said, "Bryce is the next man up."

That's a nice, tidy coach-speak way of avoiding the obvious truth about that decision: Starting Petty makes very little sense at this point for the 5-8 Jets. They need to see Christian Hackenberg play...

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) quarterback Bryce Petty (9) and quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Josh McCown may be out for the season and unsigned for 2018, but he's not done helping the Jets young players just yet.

The 38-year-old quarterback was back on the practice field on Thursday, just two days after undergoing surgery on his broken left hand, and he will travel with the Jets to New Orleans this weekend for their game against the Saints on Sunday afternoon. There, according to Jets coach Todd Bowles, McCown will serve as a "player-coach" as quarterback Bryce Petty makes his first start of the year...

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

Matt Forte (knee) missed practice again Thursday. The good news, though, is he was the only player who missed Wednesday's practice to sit out Thursday's as well.

All of CB Morris Claiborne (foot), RB Elijah McGuire (ankle), S Rontez Miles (hamstring), CB Rashard Robinson (not injury related) and G Brian Winters (abdomen, ankle) were limited participants Thursday after being unable to go on Wednesday. 

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Thomas Hennessy (concussion) were also limited participants. 

The Jets travel to New Orleans to play the Saints this Sunday in Bryce Petty's  first start of the season.

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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…

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The Jets practice today at Florham Park and Todd Bowles should be providing an injury update later. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

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

As he has done for the last month, RB Matt Forte (knee) was on the sidelines during the Jets' practice on Wednesday. 

LB Mo Claiborne (foot), RB Eli McGuire (ankle), DB Rontez Miles (hamstring), OL Brian Winters (abdomen/ankle) and DB Rashard Robinson (excused) joined Forte as inactives.

LB Bruce Carter (groin) and LS Tom Hennessy (concussion) were limited.

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Jets LB Demario Davis has been a cornerstone of the team's defense this season, but it wasn't always that way. 

When returning to the Jets this offseason after a season with the Browns, fans and media crushed Davis, saying he wasn't worth bringing back after serving four previous season in Green & White. Davis didn't prove them wrong in the first two weeks of the season either as he struggled mightily on the field. 

Davis spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon on "The Jet Stream Podcast" to talk about how he dealt with the pressure, and turned around his season...

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Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) is sacked for a safety by LSU Tigers defensive end Arden Key (49) during the first half at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets will select LSU DE Arden Key with the tenth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, predicts ESPN's Todd McShay.

Despite the Jets' need for a steady arm at the quarterback position, McShay points out their edge rushers need some improvement as well. This is why McShay can't see the Jets passing up on who he thinks is the most natural defensive end coming out of college this season...

CLICK BELOW TO SEE MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS ON KEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.