Opening Statement…

Dustin did not practice yesterday. He was with our strength coaches and John Mellody. He did some things on the side, but he did not practice. Sione (Po’uha) (and) (Mike) DeVito, both of those guys were limited, as far as what they did. It seemed like we were all out there. Eric Smith was out, but I think for the most part, everybody is ready to roll.

On if Eric Smith will not play against Buffalo.…

Yeah, I would say so. It’s not official, but it’s pretty much official that he’ll be out.

On Buffalo’s defensive line…

It’s a big-time group. There’s no question about it. Those two inside guys, everybody knows about Mario (Williams) and, obviously, he is a tremendous player, without question he is a tremendous player, but I think those two tackles are big-time as well. (Marcell) Dareus is a big man who has good movement. (He’s) not just a run-plugger, he does much more than that. Kyle Williams has always been, in my opinion, one of the most underrated players in football. They use him right now as a penetrating three-technique, but he’s strong, he’s quick, has excellent change of direction and (is) a very active guy. We voted him to the Pro Bowl a couple of years ago and he’s a tremendous player. (Mark) Anderson is a pass-rush guy, a speed to power-type guy. Obviously, we’re going to have a huge challenge in front of us and it’s going to be interesting to see how they match up. Our offensive line is about as good as it gets and it’s going to need to be. They don’t do a whole lot of things defensively. They’ll do some zone coverage. They will play some cover-one man, but generally, they’re going to let those front four get after your quarterback in a similar fashion to how the Giants play their front four. It’s certainly going to be a challenge for us.

On Antonio Cromartie playing wide receiver…

We’ll see.

On whether Sione Po’uha and Dustin Keller will practice today…

Sione, I think again will be limited. We’ll see how Dustin is. We do these pre-evaluations before practice. They’ll be there on the side and we’ll see how much he can do. He (Keller) looked decent running, but I don’t think he was ready to play and run 100 percent. With that hamstring, you want to get him as close to 100 percent as you possibly can. We’ll see. I’m still hopeful that he’ll play against Buffalo, but we’ll see.

On why the Jets have been so successful against Buffalo…

This is a hard playing team, there is no question.  I think we are similar that way.  Our guys really get after it.  We have had some good games with them.  The one loss was really an unusual game.  We threw six interceptions in that game but I think Thomas Jones ran for 250 yards.  We were over 300 yards rushing and you usually don’t lose those games but we did in overtime.  We played well. There is no question about it.  We played extremely well and hopefully that streak continues.

On if their winning record against Buffalo gives them extra confidence…

No,  I don’t think so.  I think when you look at it, as I mentioned before, Buffalo is a different team defensively and they probably needed to be.  When you look at them statistically, when you add Mario Williams, you draft (Marcell) Dareus and you have Kyle Williams coming back, that is a big start.  You draft a corner (Stephon Gilmore) who I think is going to be a good player, so that is a different defense right now.

On if the offense will be able to pass on Sunday…

I hope so.  I think you have to be able to run the ball and throw it in this league to win.  The one-dimensional thing, I don’t think it works as well as when you can do both.  Certainly that is what we want to do.

On if he allows himself to look past the upcoming game…

No, because when you look at it, number one, I never knew we were at Miami (in week three) quite honestly.  I thought they were coming here.  That will tell you how far I have looked ahead.  I knew our first two opponents, no question, Buffalo here and then at Pittsburgh and that is about as far as I got.  I know we have to play those other teams, there is no doubt, but we will address that when the time comes.  We have to take care of business this week and that is where our focus is.  At the end of the day, your schedule is what it is and you better win ‘x’ amount of games if you are trying to get in the playoffs.  How important is this one?  This is a big game.  It is always important and especially a divisional game, it is even that much more important.

On if Stephen Hill will be the starter opposite Holmes…

Yes.

On Stephen Hill and whether he is concerned about his dropped passes versus Carolina…

I think he has been doing well.  He seems to be catching everything. He did have those two drops in a game.  He responded by catching five balls though later in the game. Again, every receiver drops passes.  It is just how you respond.  You cannot lose confidence.  You go right back at it and throw at him again.  We think he has got good hands, he is a good route runner and I know he is a rookie (and) he is going to make some mistakes but again, I am confident in him.

On if Sunday signifies a fresh start for the team…

Yes, I think so.  I definitely think it puts last year in the rear-view mirror.  We’ll see what happens.  I think this group’s been challenged and everything else.  People want to see us score 50 points in a preseason game. That never happened.  Probably when you combine all three games, four games, whatever it was.  That probably never happened. (laughing)  But we get to prove it, we get to see what kind of team we are.  The experts think we’re one team, we think we’re different, and we’ll see who’s right.

On Bilal Powell…

Well, I think he’s got skills to be a guy that is effective as a runner, as a pass protector and a receiver. That’s why we drafted him.  When he came out of Louisville, Anthony Lynn, who I think is obviously a great teacher (and) a great running back coach, but he’s also a great evaluator.  He was really high on Powell and (Powell) struggled his rookie year. He struggled but he was sharp, sharp mentally.  He could do those things and it was just giving him an opportunity.  He looks slimmer to me and man, I love the way he protects.  He puts his face in there in that protection.  He’s a very aggressive blocker and that’s what you have to be to pick up these linebackers blitzing and things like that.  So, (I’m) really happy with where he’s at.

On if Powell’s biggest area of improvement this year was his blocking…

Actually, he was really good at that.  Even when he first came in, (he was) smart.  There’s so much that goes into it.  It’s not just the physical part, but also the mental part.  And mentally, he was as sharp as anyone we had in the room, even last year.  So it’s really getting him a chance to run with the ball, put the ball under his arm and watch him run, and also out of the backfield.  When we drafted him, we thought he could be a replacement for L.T. (Ladainian Tomlinson). If L.T. never came back, then that was a role we thought he could play.

On how he thinks his group is different than what the experts think…

I just think we’re a better football team than people give us credit for. I also think our organization is a lot better than people give us credit for. The circus thing is kind of a little old for me, but if that’s the way it is, I think our record shows otherwise in the three years we’ve been together. I think we’ve done a tremendous job of drafting players (and) developing young talent. I’m not afraid to say it, I think this is going to be an outstanding football team, the best team I’ve had since I’ve been here. How that reflects on our record, I’m not sure, but I think this team, this organization, is headed in the right direction and I don’t know if that’s the national perspective, but it’s my perspective.

On if he thinks the team should be taken seriously…

We’ll see. I promise you our opponent will take us seriously regardless of who it is.

On if he believes Mark Sanchez was rattled when they traded for Tim Tebow…

No. I can’t tell you how happy I’ve been with Mark. After the season, I think he was just like the rest of us and myself included. (After last season,) you’re hurt, you can’t wait to get back at it. That’s what he did. He’s the guy that went out to see Chad Pennington, he’s the guy that grasped this offense better than anybody else. From a physical standpoint, he had to push all of those weights, nobody else. His motivation is much more than having Tim here or having other things. He’s a competitor number one. He wants to be great and I think he’s making strides to be that quarterback that we want here.

On if the Wildcat has already served a purpose by making the other team prepare for it…

I think so. When you look at it, it’s a body blow. It’s preparation time and maybe instead of spending your time defending this, you’re really having to defend this. I think because you don’t know how many times we’re going to run it, (or) how many times they’re going to run it. You really don’t know. So it does take a lot of preparation time and it may take even more than 15 percent (of the time preparing) because I’ve had to defend it. I know David Lee is over there (and he is) an outstanding quarterbacks coach, (he’s) a heck of a coach, heck of a guy. He was the one with Tony (Sparano) that brought the Wildcat into this league. Don’t think for a second that we aren’t preparing for it because we are.

On if it helps that people haven’t been able to analyze the team’s version of the Wildcat…

Yeah, I think so. They have tape from Denver, they have tape from Miami, and they have tape from us. I think we were very effective when we ran the Wildcat during my three years here. That was an effective part of our offense.

On if Powell is the number two running back…

Him and Joe McKnight both. I think Joe has a little bit of a hamstring issue. He did practice yesterday so we’re hoping to get him back. I think it depends. Both of those guys will play for us. I don’t think that there’s a clear cut number-two guy.

On where Chaz Schilens fits into the offense…

We’re just now seeing Chaz get healthy. So we’re going to see. He’s been very impressive this week in practice catching the football. Running, he looks like he’s near full speed. Here’s a big guy that’s six-foot-five and can run a 4.4 (40 yard dash time) as well. (I’m) really excited about him. You also have Patrick Turner who’s a big physical presence over there (who is) six-foot-five and then we picked up Clyde Gates who is probably as fast as anybody in this league. I like our group of receivers.

On P Robert Malone…

You guys saw it yesterday. I think he averaged close to 4.8-(seconds of) hang-time. I think he (averaged) 48 yards a punt yesterday. That was impressive. He’s been impressive.

On speaking with David Lee during off-season...

He’s clearly a guy that we thought a lot of and we just wanted (to) bring him in to get to know him. He was really impressive to say the least.

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Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 2, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Buffalo Bills corner back Shareece Wright (20) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

RB Matt Forte (knee), LT Kelvin Beachum (personal) and CB Rashard Robinson (illness) were the only Jets to not participate in Wednesday's practice. 

Forte was injured during the Jets' 34-21 win against the Bills on Nov. 2 and has not practiced since. 

CB Morris Claiborne (foot), DL Mo Wilkerson (foot), and G Brian Winters (abdomen) were limited participants.

Coming off their bye, the Jets return to action Sunday when they meet the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium at 1 p.m.

Tags: Brian Winters, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson
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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) 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 defensive tackle Steve McLendon (99) against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports (Timothy T. Ludwig)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

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The Jets will practice again today at Florham Park. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week.  Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors…

Tags: Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

The Manhattan District Attorney has opted not to bring charges against Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin, who was was arrested in June for misdemeanor assault.

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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the New York Giants during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There was a time this summer when it seemed that the only quarterback decision Jets GM Mike Maccagnan would have to make next spring was "Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen?" The Jets were going to stink. They were going to have one of the top two picks in the draft. One of those quarterback prospects would belong to them.

Three months and four wins later, the name of the future Jets quarterback is a little hazier. Darnold and Rosen remain in play, but it may take some maneuvering for the Jets to land them. They have options on the roster and can be players in free agency, too.

So it's a wide-open competition to see who'll be the Jets starting quarterback on Opening Day of the 2018 season. Here's a look at some of the choices they're likely to have...

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New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Tuesday:

Need to know

The Jets practice for the second straight day. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Robby Anderson 00:01:16
Jets WR Robby Anderson catches up with Jeane Coakley to discuss how he's become one of Gang Green's premier offensive weapons this season.

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles recently said he won't be switching quarterbacks anytime soon, and current starter Josh McCown agrees with him. 

Despite losing four of their last five games, the Jets are still in the thick of the AFC playoff race as they sit just one game back of the final Wild Card spot. McCown has been leading the Jets' offense all season, and with playoff implications still relevant, he doesn't see a reason to change now. 

"I guess we're both kind of on the same page with that," McCown told NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "There wasn't a scenario where I saw it either. I think it's good to hear it, but we were already on the same page. So I don't know if that was necessarily a new thing." 

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The bye week couldn't have gone much better for the Jets, who sat at home getting rest as the AFC playoff picture collapsed around them.

The Jets may have lost four of their last five games, but thanks to a group of increasingly mediocre, imploding, and very flawed teams in their conference, they just can't seem to slip out of the playoff picture. And in part because the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins lost on Sunday, the Jets will return to action this week just one game back in the race for the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

"I think it energizes us more than anything," Jets quarterback Josh McCown said. "We can't look back, obviously. Every team that has lost any game this year across the league would look and wish they had it back, especially if you are in the AFC. But more than anything it energizes us to know that we're still in the thick of things here with the last six weeks to play."

Yes, their schedule is difficult. But at this point, it's possible 8-8 might be good enough to snag the last playoff spot in this top-heavy conference. So the Jets are alive. And here - in current order of the conference standings - is a look at the rag-tag collection of "contenders" that might stand in their way:

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles throws a football during warmups prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) face the Panthers (7-3) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on Monday:

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The Jets return to practice today after five days off. SNY's Ralph Vacciano will be attending practice this week. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors.

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Jets mid-season report cards 00:09:19
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at the Jets' first half of the campaign and hand out their mid-season report cards.

Former Jets LB and current SNY Jets contributor Chad Cascadden gives his midseason grades.

Tune in to the Jets Nation Midseason report tonight at 6:30 on SNY!


Offense Overall: (C)

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) rushes for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

When Bilal Powell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 draft by the Jets, he was joining a backfield that included the legendary LaDainian Tomlinson. 

Powell only appeared in two games that season but the knowledge he picked up from Tomlinson in the Hall of Famer's final season was invaluable to his career...

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Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Oct 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies during the first quarter at Husky Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveThe most important football game for New York will not take place at the Meadowlands on Sunday. It will take place 2,800 miles away at the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the future of one or both of the New York teams may be on display Saturday night.

And yes, both the Giants and Jets will both have scouts in the press box watching UCLA take on USC - along with 18 other NFL teams. Their eyes will be fixed on Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen and Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold - the odds-on favorites to be the first and second picks of the 2018 draft.

The Jets, of course, are desperate to find their franchise quarterback. And the Giants are searching for the heir to their 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. Right now, the Giants seem to be in the best position to grab the quarterback they desire. But a few more losses over the final six games, and perhaps a trade up, and the Jets could be in position, too.

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New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets corner back Buster Skrine (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets CB Buster Skrine was fined $48,620 for his hit on Bucs WR DeSean Jackson last Sunday, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

The third quarter hit on Jackson yielded an unnecessary roughness penalty. It was the 11th time this season Skrine has been penalized, which is the most by any defensive player in the NFL. 

It is also the second time Skrine has been fined this season. He was docked for a hit on Raiders RB DeAndre Washington in Week 2. 

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The Jets have finally reached their bye week, and it's probably at the right time after a dreadful loss to the Tampa Buccaneers. The guys discuss the defeat, as well as a recap of the season so far.

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The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Friday:

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The Jets are scheduled to return to practice on Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Jets mid-season awards 00:05:26
The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.

The Jets Nation crew take a look back at Gang Green's first half and hand out their mid-season awards.


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(Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

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The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

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Current state of the Jets 00:02:37
Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.

Jon Hein and Willie Colon break down the current outlook for the Jets after their recent loss to Tampa Bay that dropped them to 4-6.


NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))
NY Jets Special Teams coach Mike Westhoff as the Jets get in practice at the Jets Training Facility during training camp in Florham Park, NJ on Aug. 8, 2011 (William Perlman (USA Today))

Mike Westhoff, who had been working for SNY as Jets contributor, is coming out of retirement to join the Saints as a coach.

The 69-year old Westhoff, who was a special teams coach for the Jets from 2001 to 2012, is joining the Saints in the same capacity.

"I didn't want to regret something I didn't try," Westhoff said, according to the NY Post.

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Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons tackles New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets (4-6) are on their bye week and next face the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26. Here's what's going on Wednesday:

Need to know

The Jets are scheduled to return to practice next Monday. Follow @RVaccianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the latest Jets news and rumors from SNY's Ralph Vacciano.

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Leonard Williams, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson, Steve McLendon
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Former Jet Bart Scott will join Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray as the team to replace Mike Francesa on WFAN, per the NY Daily News. 

The annoucement has yet to be made by WFAN itself, but it was first reported that Carlin and Scott were to take part of the team taking over for the legendary Francesa. 

Scott currently works with ESPN 98.7 while Carlin talks for WIP radio in Philadelphia. Gray works for SI Now and CBS Sports Radio. 

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The Jets put together their most complete performance of the season in an impressive 34-21 win over the Bills on Thursday night, rushing for almost 200 yards and racking up seven sacks and three fumble recoveries in the process.

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

Quarterbacks

With the running game working, Josh McCown didn't need to throw much this week, but he was efficient when he did. He threw just seven passes after halftime, completing five. In the first half, while the game was still in the balance, McCown gave the Jets the lead with a touchdown scramble, completing a drive he'd kept alive himself with another third-down run.

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, Elijah McGuire, James Carpenter, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson
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Cast your votes below for the Jets offense, defense, special teams and coaching during the first half of the season and see the results on Jets Nation: Mid Season Report on Thursday 11/16 at 6:30PM.

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Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 12, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) drops back against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Jets (4-6) are now on their bye week. Their next game is against the Carolina Panthers on November 26th. Here's what's going on today...

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(Kim Klement)

Unlike the previous week, the Jets offense looked stale in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday.

Consistency is what the players didn't see from the unit after the game. As the Jets tried to find a rhythm, something would halt them in their tracks. Josh McCown says it's on the veterans like him because they didn't pull the team together. 

"Myself and the other veterans have to pull these [young] guys along, help us find consistency and be better," McCown told Jets.com's Ethan Greenberg. "Because every unit, at some point this year, has played and shown that they can play with the best in the league. But we have to do that for four quarters week in and week out and we didn't do that today. We have to take these next two weeks to get healthy, look in the mirror and figure out ways to do that and be better, so we can make a run down the stretch."

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The University of Tennessee has expressed interest in Jets DC Kacy Rodgers to become their next head coach, per Newsday's Calvin Watkins.

Tennessee fired Butch Jones on Sunday, leaving the school to hire a new coach following the season. No interviews have been scheduled as the talks are just beginning between both sides. 

Rodgers played for the Vols from 1988-1991 was he was a linebacker/defensive end. He was also born in Humboldt, Tennessee. 

The Vols do not need permission from the Jets to talk to Rodgers about the position. 

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After the win against Buffalo, there was a lot of hype about the "resurgent" Jets and some talk of Todd Bowles as a coach of the year candidate. However, after yesterday's dispiriting loss, the reality is that the Jets have lost four of five with their only win coming over a Bills team whose 37-point loss to the Saints yesterday suggests they have been overrated. Heading to the bye, it's probably time to reset our expectations.

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

Tags: Buster Skrine, Demario Davis, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Juston Burris, Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Morris Claiborne, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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(Kim Klement)

After playing their best game of the season against the Bills last Thursday, the Jets looked lethargic in their 15-10 loss to the Bucs on Sunday. 

It didn't look like the same Jets energy that ran all over MetLife Stadium a week prior. Head coach Todd Bowles noticed a lack of spirit to start the game, and it would last until the final whistle. 

"You've got to show up every week in this league or you get it handed to you," Bowles told The Post's Brian Costello. "We didn't show up today."

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Morris Claiborne, Robby Anderson
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Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick got his first start on Sunday against his former team, and made the best of it with a victory. 

"It was special to me to be able to win that game," Fitpatrick told NJ.com's Connor Hughes.

Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to a 15-10 win as the Jets suffered their sixth loss of the season. It wasn't his best performance as he finished 17-for-34 for 187 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. But his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Charles Sims would be the deciding score, and the feat Fitzpatrick was hoping to achieve. 

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Jets Post Game Overtime: 11/12 00:11:49
The Jets Post Game crew hands out report cards following the Jets' 15-10 loss at the hands of the Buccaneers.