The Jets (3-4) take on the Falcons (3-3) on Sunday at Metlife Stadium, NJ at 1 p.m. Here's what's going on today...
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The Jets practice today at Florham Park, where Todd Bowles is expected to provide injury updates. The Jets will be focusing on how to rearrange their secondary if Buster Skrine is unable to play Sunday due to his concussion.
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Today's Jets links roundup
Jets secondary depth will be tested if Skrine is unavailable on Sunday >> Popper, NY Daily News
Dan Quinn reflects on almost becoming Jets head coach >> Vasquez, The Record
Looking back on the time the Jets thought they'd found a franchise quarterback after a win over Atlanta >> Cimini, ESPN
Josh McCown says that closing out games needs to become a habit >> Watkins, Newsday
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The news about Buster Skrine's injury raises an interesting dilemma ahead of Sunday's game. Although the Jets have only typically been using three cornerbacks in their main rotation, none of their current top three cornerbacks have played much in the slot.
Juston Burris, who hasn't played any defensive snaps over the past three games, is the prime candidate to move into the top three with Darryl Roberts and Morris Claiborne. However, he's the least experienced of the three in terms of playing inside. Rookie Derrick Jones hasn't played at all yet, and the only other cornerback on the roster, Robert Nelson, was only just activated off the practice squad.
It's not unusual for one of the starters to revert to the slot when the team moves into the nickel package, but Claiborne and Roberts also prefer to play on the outside. In any case, the Jets will probably want Claiborne to match up with Julio Jones most of the time regardless of where he lines up.
While Mohamed Sanu tends to play the most snaps in the slot of any of the Falcons players, Taylor Gabriel is a smaller and quicker receiver that could prove a tough match-up for a more physical boundary specialist. Nelson would be the closest match for Gabriel in terms of size and athleticism, so perhaps the team will elect to throw him into the fire. Maybe they'll lean on the versatility of their young safeties too.
The Jets may be regretting releasing Marcus Williams, who would have been an ideal candidate to fill in for Skrine. They also traded another slot option away in preseason when they sent Dexter McDougle to Philadelphia.
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