Opening Statement…

I’d like to start really today by talking about some guys we really don’t talk a whole lot about. Like Konrad (Reuland and Jeff) Cumberland, two young tight ends. I think they really had to step it up obviously, with the injury to (Dustin) Keller. But these two guys are really improving. Mike Devlin’s doing a great job coaching these guys but their blocking’s really improved. And really with Cumberland, more the in-line blocking, and (that’s) not bad for a college receiver but he’s doing a tremendous job for us. And then Konrad’s doing, the jack of all trades, the garbage man or whatever you want to call him, does the jobs nobody else wants. He’s part fullback, tight end, all these type of roles. It’s challenging mentally, now the kid’s from Stanford so it’s probably not too challenging, but he’s doing a great job. I see his blocking improving and things like that.

They’re a couple of guys we really don’t talk a whole lot about but they’re doing a tremendous job for us.  As far as who we’re up against this (week) in Tennessee, it’s a young very aggressive, attacking style football team. They have a lot of young talented playmakers on both sides of the ball.  I look on their defense. I look at these two guys, in particular, these two linebackers they have. You have (Akeem) Ayers who obviously is having a tremendous season - rushes the passer well, blitzes, can put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer, but he’s all over the place, very active guy from UCLA. I think he has 85 tackles and eight or nine passes defensed. He can do it all. Then this young guy, I think is going to be a good player for them, the kid from Carolina, Zach Brown I believe is his name.  Zach can really run. He can really run. He’s all over the place. And they’re active on the outside obviously with (Kamerion) Wimbley and with (Derrick) Morgan, the former first-round pick from Georgia Tech. So they have two really good guys there. They attack you with penetrating style of tackles. So it’s definitely going to be a challenge for us up front. And then offensively, the (Jake) Locker kid is a tremendous athlete. I mean, he can really run. He’s probably scrambling more than any quarterback we’ve seen maybe all season. He’s getting out and he’ll take off with his 4.5 speed, 230-pound guy, he’s got a strong arm and really I think this is kind of what the NFL is looking like for the next generation of quarterbacks. Those guys that can run, have those big arms and (are) big guys, kind of like the Cam Newton’s and Locker’s and all that type of stuff. It seems to be a trend in the NFL (and he’s) obviously, a very talented guy. The wideouts with Kenny Britt, (a) local product, and all that stuff and (Kendall) Wright, a couple first-round picks there. So they’re very talented. And oh, by the way you have Chris Johnson. So, obviously it’s going to be a big challenge to us but, it’s one we’re excited to be facing.

With that I’m going to give you the injury update here. All of these players will not practice today: Clyde Gates, concussion. He is doing better but he won’t practice today. Dustin Keller with his ankle. Again, we’ll see how that progresses during the week. He is getting better though. Stephen Hill, knee, Aaron Berry, hamstring, it seems like we can’t keep this kid healthy, and then (Bilal) Powell has a shoulder and a toe. I think he might have a fracture on a toe but we’re going to keep him out of practice, I think he’ll be alright though. Guys that are limited today: Sione Po’uha with a low back, (Damon) Harrison with an ankle, Braylon Edwards, hamstring (and) Bryan Thomas, chest, (all) will be limited today. And then the rest of these guys will be full: Kenrick Ellis, knee, Mark Sanchez, low back, Matt Slauson, knee, Jeff Cumberland, wrist, Calvin Pace, shoulder, Nick Mangold, shoulder, Bart Scott, toe, Brandon Moore, hip, LaRon Landry, heel, Joe McKnight, ankle and Tim Tebow, ribs.

On Braylon Edwards’ health…

Well, Braylon passed the physical. He’s been cleared to practice. I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to play on Monday. But again, I’m going to lean on our trainers and our doctors to make sure. I will say this about Braylon. He is extremely happy to be here. I think you guys will see that in the locker room. He’s hugging guys. He’s going crazy. I was happy to see him, despite the obvious comment. (laughter) See with the comment though, I look at it this way, Mike (Tannenbaum) and I are doing this, “Oh he’s talking to you. No, no he’s talking about you,” so we’re both okay with it. But it is funny because there are times when obviously you’ll make a comment, not that I have ever done this (joking), that you’re like, ‘Oh, gosh, I never wanted to say that,’ or, ‘That came out wrong,’ or whatever. But again, I’m happy to have Braylon back.

On why Edwards said his comment…

I have no idea. Why do you say it was me? I’m saying it wasn’t. You’re lumping me into this. (joking)

On Edwards’ comments…

Well, I don’t know. I have no idea. But we brought him back, so I don’t know.

On how long it will take Edwards to learn the playbook…

He’s a guy that’s played in the league a long time. Braylon’s smart. He’s a smart guy, so hopefully he’ll pick it up fast. I know Sanjay’s (Coach Lal) spending a lot of time with him and things. So we’ll see. But we did this (and) all I want is the exact type of game we had the last time we picked him up which was I think he scored a touchdown and set up two others. If he can do that, we’ll be okay. But again, it was funny, but when we did make that trade, it was like okay, how much (can we play him)? There were questions about how much we can really play the guy and he played a ton for us that game. But we’ll see how it goes.

On whether Edwards having a connection with Sanchez helps…

Yeah, I think obviously he’s familiar with him. I think that’s good that the quarterback is familiar with the receiver. The receiver, all they have to do is run the route and catch the ball, so I don’t think it matters who’s throwing it. For a quarterback, there’s a comfort level and, quite honestly, with the receivers there’s connections with the quarterback. Receivers will want a ball in certain areas. And if I’m running a slant there, maybe a receiver that wants the ball in front of them maybe wants it higher. There are some that want it lower, all those types of different things. I think obviously, he has that, spending two years here, he should have that kind of connection or rapport with the quarterback.

On whether he discussed Edwards’ comments with Tannenbaum before the team claimed Edwards…

Well, there are a lot of comments that get fired at me, so I’m okay with them. He knows what I’ve always thought about Braylon. I’ve always been a big fan of Braylon’s because I like the way he plays. I think that comment, please. I just want the player and I know that when he’s in our building and things, he’s had some success here. He took us into the playoffs both years. And again, I just like Braylon as a player and I like him as a person. There isn’t one guy in that locker room that’s always perfect with a comment here or there. And there are things privately where I’ve been called a lot worse from players. (laughter)

On the notion that other teams wouldn’t consider signing a player that has made comments of that nature…

Well, again, I just worry about one team, not every other team.

On why they didn’t sign Edwards before the season began…

Again, each time there are different circumstances. But even when he left here, you guys know I stand by my comments about him. I always liked Braylon as a player. But sometimes there are all kinds of guys that you wish you had or whatever, but maybe you, for whatever reason, at that time, can’t bring him in.

On whether the team had advanced notice of the Seahawks recovery timetable on Edwards’ injury before claiming him…

I really didn’t, but obviously we felt different.

On what makes him think Edwards can contribute…

I think he can. That’s why we brought him in. Obviously we feel good about it, the kind of player he is. As I mentioned before, he does have some chemistry with the quarterback (Sanchez). He’s familiar with him. The system may be different, but I think he’s a smart guy. I think he learns quickly (and) I think he’ll pick it up quickly. We’ll see how much he can help us.

On his comments about Tebow on Monday…

I think with any player, we’re all disappointed with what our record is. We’ve won six games. We’re 6-7. I think all of us are disappointed in that. As far as his particular role, the Wildcat and all of those type of things, we haven’t run them that much. Obviously, with the two cracked ribs, that’s something that has to be disappointing because you’re not going to do that. That’s what I feel. I think anybody, as a competitor, you want to win a ton of games. You want to win all of your games and we’re 6-7. I think that’s just disappointing for all of us. Again, with his role (and) having the rib (injury), these last few weeks obviously, his role has been diminished some. I don’t think he’s happy about that, but again, (I have) said I think he’s happy to be a Jet because I’ve seen him around his teammates. I think he likes his teammates (and) I think he likes the people around the building and the way we take care of our players. You’ll have to ask him, but I’m pretty sure he’s happy with that.

On Powell’s toe injury…

I think he’ll be okay with that. I’m no trainer or doctor, but I feel he’ll have a chance to go. That’s what’s been explained to me.

On whether Tebow will be the personal protector due to his injury…

I don’t really see him in that role. As far as the Wildcat, obviously with (his) ribs the way they are, that’s probably a role (in which), hopefully, once we get the okay with his ribs, maybe we can expand that. That’s probably not necessarily going to be a big factor in our game plan.

On whether Tebow will be active on Monday…

Oh yeah, I think he’s improving, I just don’t think improvement to where you’re going to run the power, counters and all that other stuff, I’m not sure about that.

On what Tebow can do…

He can be the backup quarterback and run some base things. Again there’s always a chance you can put him in that role (running the Wildcat).

On using Tebow as the backup quarterback instead of McElroy…

I feel better about Tim in that role. That’s (what) I’ll always do, and (everyone) is tired of me saying it, but I feel he gives us the best opportunity. That’s why I’ve said all along that he’s our number-two quarterback. That’s how I feel.

On if McElroy will be active on Sunday…

That’s a possibility, but each week is different. You look at your roster (and) where you’re at, there could be some injuries. Could this guy play? This guy is active. Maybe you need insurance at a different position. I’m not sure, but I think it’s something I’ll consider.

On whether Tebow has more injuries than the two fractures…

No.

On if Tebow has damaged cartilage in his ribs…

No, and the thing is, he’s been cleared to play all that time. I’m more comfortable with him playing now than I was a few weeks ago. I feel better about him playing. The way he’s worked out on the practice field, we’ve increased his reps. The day before the game, he was throwing it pretty good.

On if he has ever held out a player who is cleared to play by the trainers…

Yes, a guy can be cleared to play, but if (I am thinking), ‘Hey, he’s cleared to play, but he has two broken ribs or (another injury), I want to make sure the player is ready to go when he’s ready to protect himself and be productive.

On if he thinks Tebow would not be productive if he played with his injury…

No, I think he can be productive. I do. I just think the Wildcat, when basically you’re a running back, sometimes I don’t think I want him running as much, obviously as he was earlier in the season. I think that was it, but I feel okay with him playing quarterback. Last week, our quarterback got hit one time. Unfortunately, it was a strip sack (laughs), but if we can protect him that well, (then) we should be fine.

On whether they can run the Wildcat with Tebow being hurt…

Can we run some Wildcat plays? Sure, absolutely.

On whether he is more comfortable with Tebow running the traditional offense than the Wildcat…

Yes, I think if he was completely healthy and didn’t have the ribs, then you would want to combine that. That’s what is really tough to defend. Again, he’s probably going to sit back and say, “I’m fine, I can run it.” So, we’ll see.

On having Tebow run the traditional offense combined with the Wildcat…

Okay, we’re going to run the Wildcat. No, I’m just kidding, but just to get out of this conversation. (laughter) Again, I prefer that he be able to do both.

On deciding Tebow should be the backup quarterback instead of McElroy…

Again, there are a lot of things that go into the decision. Obviously, Tim’s had many more reps and I’m just more comfortable with Tim. I like Greg. I think Greg has improved a ton since his rookie year. I (have) always liked Greg, but I felt his arm strength had to improve to play at this level and I think he’s done that. I think his arm is getting better. I’m excited about Greg. I am. The fact that I have Tim over him doesn’t mean that I don’t like Greg as an option at quarterback. I like Greg.

On how much he’ll pay attention to the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh games…

I’ll watch (them), but I don’t think you can get emotionally invested in (them) because you have to go out and do your job or it makes no difference. That’s where we have to be. Obviously, we’ll watch (them). I’m pulling for Dallas like crazy, but that’s it. You can be watch it and you can be cheering for whoever but, at the end of the day, you have to take care of your business. That’s where our energy needs to be focused.

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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...

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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.

GEICO SportsNite: Jets 00:03:49
Marc and Ralph discuss Bryce Petty's performance on Sunday while giving their input on what led to the Jets' 31-19 loss to the Saints.

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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 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.

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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…

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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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