Opening statement…

Ellis Lankster is questionable with this jaw deal. He did not practice. (He) still couldn’t put a helmet on, so I don’t know, but it’s hard to play if you can’t put a helmet on. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. Game-time decision, ‘Ohh, okay, he’s good,’ (joking), but obviously he has to go through the pain and all that type of stuff. So hopefully his pain subsides and he’ll be able to play. I know he’s certainly trying. Everybody else is probable on that list and everybody else practiced full, except for, it looks like Cro (Antonio Cromartie) was limited with his hip, but everybody should play. Winslow with a knee and illness, but he was there today. I expect everybody up and ready to play.

On how the last week of practice went…

We were flying around. We’ve had some excellent practices. Really, it’s been a great week of preparation. It’s been a great week of practice and just the spirit and enthusiasm, we’re looking forward to this game. We know Miami is a tough opponent, but this team whipped us probably more than any team in the league, so our worst performance was against Miami the last time at our place. We think we’ve improved as a team and we certainly get the opportunity to prove it Sunday against Miami with all that they have to play for, so we’ll know if we’ve improved because we are definitely going to get their best.

On whether the strongest motivation is revenge, being able to finish strong or knocking Miami out of the playoffs…

The last, you would think that maybe would be the most. If that was New England, I would say clearly that would be true, but they’re not your archrival like New England is. The satisfaction is going to come from us competing against them and knowing ourselves, proving to ourselves how much we’ve improved. I think that’s what we’re looking forward to the most, getting back out there (against) a team that totally whipped us in every phase and having the opportunity to go out there and prove it. So I think that is the driving force.

On players supporting him to coach the team next year…

Again, I always feel great when I get, like anybody would, anytime you get something positive said about you, you’re going to feel great about it. Like I said, the thing about the opportunity in front of us with Miami is really the focus, but I certainly appreciate positive remarks, as anybody would.

On how he developed his coaching style…

I just think you’re a product of your environment and I think I grew up around NFL locker rooms all my life and I’m going to formulate who I am. I’ve learned enough and saw guys that were the most effective teachers, coaches, whatever, were guys that were themselves. Some of the other guys that it seemed like maybe weren’t as effective as a leader or coach, whatever, is maybe they were out of a textbook or something. I almost saw that. So for me, obviously there are different ways of being successful in life, but I knew I had to have my own style. Look, I was afforded some great opportunities growing up the son of Buddy Ryan and all that. But I knew I had to be myself. And even though I have a twin brother in New Orleans, he’s going to be Rob Ryan, I’m going to be Rex Ryan and that’s just the way it is. I think that’s how, at least I feel, is the best way to do it.

On what it would mean to win in Miami…

That’s why we’re going down there, to win. That’d be big for me because that’s why you take the field. Again, I think part of that is 8-8 is better than 7-9, without question. Hey, I even figured that one out. Even my biggest enemies will say, “Okay, you got that right.” I say about this game on Sunday, I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to competing against Miami because I think it will be a great test for us and it will be a testament to how far this team’s improved or hasn’t. Maybe I haven’t seen the big picture. I think we are improving. The product on the field Sunday, I think will be evident of that.

On if this is the biggest game of the season…

Well, it’s the biggest one left in the season, I think we can agree to that (joking). It’s the last one. I see where you’re coming from because I think it could be based on the fact that where we are and all that and how much that team really handled us previously, let’s see if we are getting better as a team. Obviously, we never made the playoffs but let’s see where we’re at heading into the offseason.

On whether his coaching style has changed over the years…

No. I don’t think so. I’m just myself, so that’s easy.

On if a player going back to play a game in his hometown, as is the case with Geno Smith, could pose a challenge because he’s too excited for the game…

Well, I kind of think it’s a good thing to have a player a little extra hyped. We’ll see if that’s true or not because I always say, play the hometown hero or local product, whether you’re returning home as Geno is, or whether you went to school at the University of Miami or somewhere like that, I always think there’s something special to it. And players tend to play better when they’re in that kind of environment, when they go home so, local hero, whatever it is. My old football coach that I had in college showed me that and what it was, he showed all of us it. We had a running back who was like a third string tailback and I never thought he was anything, but we were playing his former school that he had transferred from and he started him and played this kid and he went for like 150 something yards. I was like, ‘What the heck, he goes off.’ There’s always that extra motivation. Maybe we saw it last week with David Nelson scores two touchdowns against a team that cut him. That probably felt good. But I think sometimes there’s a little extra, whether you’re going home, you’re showing off in front of your home crowd or whatever it is.

On whether a player might do too much when they return to play a game in their hometown…

Yeah, maybe some, maybe that could happen. But, I’m excited to watch it.

On whether the home of their opponent plays into the selection of team captains for that game…

Yeah, absolutely.

On whether this is a statement game…

No. Again, I don’t see it as necessarily a statement game, unless we’re seeing it as a statement (of) where we are, how we’re heading into the offseason and how much we have improved or have we improved? Maybe I’m over-estimating it or maybe not. So, I think that’s what this is going to prove, because like I said, certainly, we’re going to get everything Miami has and so, they’re going to peaked out at their very best, so that won’t be a question. “Will they look past you?” Really, they’ve got to make the playoffs. So, we won’t hear that excuse. It’s going to be their best against our best and let’s see how we fare.

On if players can make a case for a roster spot for next season during Sunday’s game…

Oh, there’s always that. I think any game that you go into, you’re always evaluating things. Quite honestly as coaches and as evaluators, you always start from the last game. You might watch every game but you’re going to start with the very last game.

On if ending the season with two wins could increase his autonomy…

I see how you angled that one, that’s pretty good (laughter). I’m just worried about Miami, focused on Miami. So is Bruce (Speight).

On Muhammad Wilkerson and his chance to be selected to the Pro Bowl…

I would be shocked if he isn’t on that list. Nick Folk, he would have to be on that list I would assume or think. There are guys who have had good years, D’Brickashaw (Ferguson), it’s hard to imagine a Pro Bowl without Brick in it. I’m sure there are a lot of guys that have had good solid seasons, so we’ll see. Obviously, if Mo doesn’t make it, I don’t get it. It (will be) personal, somebody doesn’t like Mo Wilkerson for some reason.

On Wilkerson’s steady progress and how much he can continue to improve…

I don’t know. He’s pretty darn good. He just keeps working. That’s why he’s gotten to where he is. He works everyday on that practice field. You just see his play improving. I think his teammates around him have improved as well. Those guys push each other. The sky is the limit for him if he just keeps the same work ethic that he has shown.

On if Sheldon Richardson deserved to be fined for the Browns game…

I can say this, the officials have a tough job to do, (and) this is where I’m not going to get fined (laughter). The officials have a tough job to do and they’re trying their very best. I know that for a fact. I also understand that we need to protect our players, I get that. I absolutely get that. With that being said, I’m not going to answer the question.

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Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 15, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan on the sidelines before a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After losing to the Saints on Sunday, the Jets (5-9) currently own the No. 10 spot in the 2018 NFL Draft. 

The Jets, who have lost their last two games, are currently ahead of the Cardinals, Raiders, Redskins, and Dolphins -- who all sit at 6-8 on the season. The Bengals and Broncos are also 5-9 this year, but being that the Jets' strength of schedule is higher, they get the later pick. 

In Todd McShay's first mock draft, he had the Jets addressing their defensive line as he sees them taking LSU DE Arden Key. He calls key the best edge rusher out of this year's draft class, and with it unknown whether Muhammad Wilkerson is returning next season, Key would likely be an immediate player.

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Despite being heavy underdogs, the Jets gave a solid account of themselves this week, exploiting some sloppy play from the Saints to make Sunday's game competitive deep into the fourth quarter. In the end, the Saints' offensive playmaking abilities were too much for the Jets to keep up with, but at least they quieted those critics who had been saying they'd get blown out again.

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

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson
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Vacchiano on Wilkerson, Petty 00:02:44
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano provides the latest on quarterback Bryce Petty and defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

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Bryce Petty has already been named the Jets starting quarterback for their game against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.

Pencil him in for the start in the Jets' finale on New Year's Eve in New England, too.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles talks to linebacker Demario Davis in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention with Sunday's 31-19 loss to the New Orleans Saints, several players said they believe head coach Todd Bowles should return next season.

"He does a good job as a head coach," veteran running back Matt Forte said, according to Newsday's Calvin Watkins. "People are going to criticize you. If you're 9-4 or 10-3 then you would be the greatest thing since slice bread. But [since] we're mathematically out of the playoffs and lost a couple of games in a row, then everything is worse."

New York has lost seven of its last nine games since a 3-2 start, however the fact the Jets have five wins this season is a sign they have already exceeded expectations given many analysts predicted New York would win a maximum of four games or have a historically bad season.

"He's the Jets' head coach," rookie safety Jamal Adams told Watkins. "He's my head coach and he's the team head coach. There shouldn't be any discussion who is going to be the head coach. It should be Todd Bowles. There shouldn't be any indecision about how our coach is coaching us. We got to finish ballgames."

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 12/17 00:07:55
The Jets Post Game crew hands out its report cards after the Jets' defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, 31-19, on Sunday.

New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty throws against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Derick E. Hingle/USA TODAY Sports)

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Bryce Petty has now had five chances over the last 13 months to prove he can be the Jets' Quarterback of the Future.

He hasn't. And he's not.

Tags: Bryce Petty, Elijah McGuire, Josh McCown, New Orleans Saints, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Bowles, Petty on loss to Saints 00:02:05
Jets head coach Todd Bowles and QB Bryce Petty discuss their inability to convert on big plays and capitalize on three forced turnovers.

In Bryce Petty's first start of the season after Josh McCown's season-ending injury, the Jets lost to the Saints 30-19. The defense played admirably against the league's offense, but struggled in covering the dynamic backfield of Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara.

Petty completed 18 of 37 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Elijah McGuire led the team in receiving with three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. 

Bilal Powell led the team in rushing with 44 yards on 13 attempts with a touchdown...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets announced that Leonard Williams suffered a concussion in their 30-19 loss to the Saints. 

Williams had enjoyed an active game with five tackles and an interception. 

The Jets will continue to evaluate Williams ahead of their next game on Christmas Eve against the Chargers. 

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Anderson plays Pick Six 00:02:29
Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson plays Pick Six with SNY's Jeane Coakley.

New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) warms up before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Mo Wilkerson won't play for the Jets on Sunday afternoon, and it's possible he'll never play for the Jets again.

Jets coach Todd Bowles is considering turning Wilkerson's one-week punishment into something more, according to a team source, including possibly sitting him for the final two games of the season, too. And with Wilkerson now a virtual lock to be cut in March before his 2018 salary becomes guaranteed, that means he may have played the final game of his Jets career...

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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)

As Todd Bowles announced earlier in the week, Muhammad Wilkerson is inactive, the team announced.

The rest of the Jets inactives are: CB Derrick Jones, CB Jeremy Clark, RB Akeem Judd, LB Freddie Bishop, OT Ben Ijalana and C Jonotthan Harrison.

The Jets take on the Saints in New Orleans at 1 p.m.

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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets tight end Eric Tomlinson (83) warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

One of the few positives to emanate from the Jets 23-0 loss to the Broncos was TE Eric Tomlinson's competence as a long snapper. Tomlinson was forced into action after regular long snapper Thomas Hennessy went out injured.

"It's funny because when I walked up to him I said, 'Hey, man, you're up,'" Jets special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said, via Associated Press. "And typical Tomlinson, he looked up at me and said, 'I got you Boyer,' and gives me knuckles. He's that kind of guy, though, so he was great..."

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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)

THE GAME: The Jets (5-9) at the New Orleans Saints (9-4) at the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: It's a dome, so I wouldn't worry about it.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, technically the Jets are alive...

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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 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)

Richard Sherman has kept tabs on former teammate Jermaine Kearse and went out of his way to praise the receiver. Sherman scribed a piece for The Players' Tribune called "Underrated Wide Receivers 101", highlighting who he believes to be underrated receivers in the league. He led with Kearse. 

The Jets acquired Kearse from the Seahawks, along with a second-round pick, for Sheldon Richardson just before the season started. Kearse has made 52 catches for 681 yards and 5 touchdowns this season-- all already career highs or on pace to set career highs. 

"It's safe to say that Jermaine is clutch," Sherman said. "And ridiculously underrated..."

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Vacc's 3 keys to Jets win 00:01:36
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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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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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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Wilkerson will not play Sunday 00:03:02
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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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…

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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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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Kerley blames ghost for PED's 00:05:09
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…

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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