Opening Statement…

(Mark) Sanchez, looking right now, he’s still our starter right now. (laughter) So I’m going to put that out there like, ‘Wow, that got a little air time I think.’ I mean it’s funny because in all seriousness, he’s our starting quarterback and it doesn’t change and things and it is amazing though, how things take off a little bit. I thought it was a great practice except there was a little scary moment in practice. Eric Smith goes up to knock a ball down, comes down on his leg.  Luckily, it’s just a sprained knee, but I think Eric is probably going to miss this week with it.  I’ll be honest. I thought it was going to be much worse than that.  It’s actually good news, its bad news he probably won’t go this week, but it was good news that it was just a sprained knee.   But that was one of those things where you’re kind of, ‘Okay, I think we’ve had enough of these.’  Fortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be too long.  With (an) update on Kenrick Ellis, I know his MCL, it looks like he could be out a significant amount of time, maybe four to six weeks. We’re hoping with him, it won’t be more than four, but we’ll see.  I was hoping he could be back sooner, but we’ll find out there. Guys that won’t practice today will be Sione (Po’uha) with his low back again, he’s itching but I don’t think he’ll practice today.  Kenrick, obviously.  John Conner still with the hamstring, Nick Mangold with his ankle, Clyde Gates, shoulder, and obviously, Eric Smith with a knee.  Guys that will be limited Bart Scott, toe, Bryan Thomas hamstring, Stephen Hill, hamstring, Dustin Keller, hamstring, Jeremy Kerley, now he may be full but I’m listing him down as limited right now until we see otherwise. David Harris also with a hamstring, may be limited, but he may also be full, but right now I’ll just list him as limited.  Everybody else on this list will be full. That’s Aaron Berry, ribs, (Antonio) Cromartie, shoulder, (Nick) Bellore, shoulder, Sanchez, low back, Calvin Pace, achilles, Brandon Moore, hip, (Matt) Slauson knee, Austin Howard, back, Jeff Cumberland, ribs, and (LaRon) Landry, heel.

On if Jeremy Kerley is listed as limited due to a finger injury…

No, it was a finger, (but) I think the finger’s fine. He plays with a splint.  He had a little illness or whatever, so he may be full, but I’m putting it down as limited now until we see him out there.

On who he expects to play Sunday that is not practicing today…

I think Mangold.  I think Nick will probably be able to go.  Sione with a low back, we’ll see. I know he wants to go but that’s probably a questionable guy. Conner, I don’t see him going this week, with a hamstring (injury). Gates with a shoulder, not totally sure on that one either.  But, we’ll see.

On whether he has heard from the league regarding Matt Slauson’s block on Brian Cushing…

No, it was news to me.  I heard that the league is looking into that. Again, (on) my tape, when I saw it, and now I’ve seen the TV copies and all that. Obviously, it’s an unfortunate thing and we’ve talked about that. I know the intent of Matt Slauson was not to injure Brian Cushing, without question. We wouldn’t try to injure anybody, but a great player like Brian (getting injured) is really an unfortunate thing. So, it’s obviously in their hands.  I know the intent of our player though.

On if he is doing anything different in practice to improve the running game…

I mean, outside we’ve got to block and all that. There’s no like magic scheme to try to run.  Like, ‘Oh, we’re going to run the bend play, or whatever,’ like that’s going to get it going. We just have to block, we have to open things up and get some running room. That’s the main thing. I know there’s a lot of criticism that’s directed at Shonn (Greene) specifically. I don’t know if you have whoever as your running back, we have to create some running room. I think that’s the big thing. That’s what we’re working on.  I know we’re working on it and I think we’ll see improvements. I do. 

On if it has been a big adjustment for the line with the coaching change on offense…

We probably run a few more gap runs now than we did maybe last year, but I think it’s very similar.  Really, (with) every team there’s zone runs, there’s gap runs and all that stuff, but it’s still about getting movement and it’s about widening the hole if we can and getting our guy to get to the second level.

On whether the rotation at left guard is a disruption to the offensive line…

Well, Vlad (Vladimir Ducasse) is part of that unit. I think when you look at that and so is Jason Smith. Guys that are up, they’re all part of that unit.  The big thing (is) we all sing out of the same hymnal.  I think that’s kind of maybe overblown a little bit. I think that’s probably a bigger issue maybe in pass protection, with communication. When you approach it like, these seven guys make up that unit and they have to know each other and you’re not going to know anything about each other if you don’t play with the guy. I think this is an opportunity to get guys (to know each other) (and) Vlad’s earned that right to play. It’s not a whole lot different than rotating a defensive lineman or whoever. To become comfortable like you’re talking about, you have to be in there with each other and I think these guys are.  Like I said, Vlad is part of that unit.

On if he will rotate other running backs with Greene…

I think we’ve rotated.  I think (Bilal) Powell has really earned the right to play some, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. He’s been absolutely tremendous in pass protection, I mean absolutely tremendous. He’s shown some ability to run and things.  In an ideal world, you’d have two or three guys that you feel really good about. Have I lost confidence in Shonn Greene? The answer is no.  I think we just keep giving him the ball. He’s working extremely hard.  I just think it’s a matter of time before he starts popping. We all know, once he gets rolling, that the confidence (goes up).  The whole team’s lifted when your big back is running.

On whether Greene is frustrated with the run game…

I don’t sense it.  I sense just, (that) he’s working.  I see him really working, like he’s wanting it. That’s kind of the feeling that I get, like he’s wanting that ball under his arm. I don’t think he’s lost any confidence whatsoever. I just think he’s really trying to get rolling.  I think he made a couple (of) big runs in that game this past week, one was on that screen pass. There’s that power that he brings, he can run you over. Hopefully, we’ll get him rolling this week.  I believe with the way we’re working, I believe it’s going to get better.

On why the team doesn’t use the no-huddle offense…

We certainly could. That’s something that we could definitely look at.  A lot of it, you can go no-huddles out of certain personnel groupings and things like that.  I think, with no other better reason, it’s like, last week we’re playing with a receiver that just got here for three days or four days, whatever it was, and he’s forced into being the third receiver.  You’ve had some different cases. You think Dustin’s going to play and then he has a setback (and) can’t play. You have a brand new fullback in, who by the way, I thought had a tremendous game, with Lex (Hilliard). You can’t teach everything in one week. It does, it sometimes puts you on your heels a little bit in calling defense and that’s something certainly we look at.

On whether Gates will play on Sunday…

Again, I’m not sure. This one, I don’t want to rule him out by any stretch, because he still has that speed and all that.  Some guys respond differently off of injuries. It’s a shoulder. Could he play? We’ll see.  I think he could.

On if there are only four wide receivers if Gates is out for the game…

I think we’ve got four receivers, right?  We’d have four receivers anyway.

On if Hill will play on Sunday…

Yes.

On how Gates injured his shoulder…

I’m not even (sure), I just know it’s a shoulder.  It’s not anything that’s going to require surgery or anything like that. It (will) probably (just take a little time) to heal or something. As we looked at it, we don’t think it’s going to be a major injury, which obviously, (is) one that would require surgery.  (It’s) probably major to him, but (not a major injury). 

On if this is the most injuries he has experienced at linebacker…

We’re definitely banged up, losing (Josh) Mauga (and) having Bart fight through a toe injury that most people wouldn’t play with.

On Harris and Thomas being injured…

Yeah, both of them dealing with the hamstrings and all that.  There’s no doubt. We’re a little beat up.  Again, no excuses. We’re fortunate that we have a lot of depth at linebacker. We feel good about our depth. (We have) guys like Demario Davis stepping up (and) playing in expanded roles. He’s a young man that has a tremendous future in front of him, and even right now, doing some of the things he’s doing and also doing a great job on (special) teams.

On Cromartie matching up with Reggie Wayne…

It’s going to be tough. I think if (Wayne) just sat out there where he used to be, I think it’d be a little easier.  We’d be able to identify where he is but they’re moving him around a little bit.  It’s kind of hard to get your hands on him. They put him in the slot, they put him in a lot of bunches, they put him in what we call snugs, which is a two-man bunch. They don’t want you to get your hands on him, and that’s something that obviously, we’re going to try to do.  They’re not just going to let (Cromartie) go out there and ‘D him up’ from the line of scrimmage.  They’re going to move him.  But, that should be a really good matchup.

On whether Cromartie has elevated his performance in the absence of Darrelle Revis…

No question. I think when he made the statement he did, it’s because he believes it.  And quite honestly, he has that kind of athletic ability where he could be the best corner in the league.  I think he definitely has stepped up. I see it in the meeting rooms. He’s even taken some of that leadership deal over with that backend. He understands Darrelle’s a great football player, but I think he took it as, “I have to step up now.” We’ve always said he has more ability than probably anybody I’ve ever seen at that position, him and Deion (Sanders).  He’s starting to play that way.  When we play against Miami, (Brian) Hartline’s targeted nine times with one catch.  He goes out and has 250 yards receiving the next week.  He’s matching up against guys. He’s doing a great job.  Andre Johnson with one catch for 15 yards, that’s impressive to say the least.  Now this one, Reggie’s going to catch his share, there’s no doubt, it’s not necessarily going to be a true isolation though because of where they put him.  I’m happy we got Cro to say the least.

On why Cromartie doesn’t play at the same level every game…

That’s an interesting thing because you’re exactly right. He has that ability to be the best, with Revis being out, I don’t disagree with him thinking he has that kind of ability because he does. Now (with) the focus and everything else, he is really elevating his game. I truly believe that.

On Cromartie as a receiver…

(He’s) not just a corner. Let’s face it. He was the second-best receiver on our team. (joking) After he went deep, (I thought), ‘Shoot man, he might have sold himself short.’ (joking) (laughter) I remember when he was at Florida State and I mentioned this before, at his pro day, he worked out as a corner (and) he also worked out as a receiver. Obviously, you never had tape to back it up, but watching him run those drills, he looked like a first-round receiver. That’s the ability he has. He has size, speed, change of direction skills and great ball skills. Even going into it, when we put him over there, it was in case you only have four receivers up (and) somebody goes down, you need a guy that can step in there. That’s basically what we do. We’re kind of training him for that. We’ve had to use him. Just like we kind of trained Joe (McKnight) for it, in an emergency situation to go play defensive back, I think Joe can do that.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said he will "probably" name a starting quarterback next Monday.

Bowles said on Monday that he wants to first watch film of Saturday's game against the Giants before making an announcement. The Jets will conclude their preseason schedule with a matchup against the Eagles at home on August 31.

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Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jan 1, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets owner Woody Johnson has passed on the duties of team chairman and CEO to his brother, Christopher Johnson, the team announced on Monday.

The anticipated move came after Woody Johnson was sworn in as US Ambassador to the UK and Northern Ireland on Monday.  

Earlier this month, Woody Johnson was confirmed by the Senate to serve in the role.

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(Jim O'Connor)

Jets fans took to Twitter after Sunday night's episode of HBO's Game of Thrones to jokingly suggest the Night King should be their quarterback.

Warning: Episode spoilers below!

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December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
December 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) and outside linebacker Darron Lee (50) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The Jets defeated the 49ers 23-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The NFL has cleared Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams of any violations of league rules after an investigation into an incident at a New York music festival in June turned up a lack of evidence.

The incident involved Williams dragging Lee away from what Jets coach Todd Bowles later described as "an argument with his girlfriend" during the Governors Ball on Randalls Island. The argument and the aftermath were caught on video and posted to social media.

The Twitter user who posted the video said the woman was "shaken and in tears" after the incident. The user also described Lee as "aggressive" and claimed the Jets linebacker "started to manhandle" the woman, "grabbed" her, and "started dragging her away."

Upon announcing that the league's investigation was closed, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (right) poses for a photo with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith prior to Super Bowl XLVIII against the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is close to getting a five-year contract extension to remain in his position atop the league, according to multiple reports.

According to the Sports Business Journal, Goodell will earn close to what he is during his current contract, which is set to end in 2019. Goodell has presided over the NFL since 2006 since he took over for Paul Tagliabue. The extension would keep him on as commissioner until 2024.

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After losing some veterans on the offensive line, the Jets are looking for some answers and reliability in the trenches as they march toward the regular season. 

The offense struggled as a whole in Saturday's loss at the Lions, producing just 85 rushing yards and six total points. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg only went 2-of-6 for 14 yards in the first half. Head coach Todd Bowles attributes that to some issues on the line. 

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon look back at the eight sacks the Jets' D laid on the Tennessee Titans, as well as Christian Hackenberg's performance. Later, the guys discuss the wide receivers, offensive line, and their expectations for this week's matchup with the Detroit Lions.

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Dexter McDougle (23) breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans wide receiver Darius Jennings (15) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Schneidler)

This preseason, I'll be spotlighting an under-the-radar player who impressed me in each game and assessing that player's chances of making the team. Today, we'll look at one of the top performers in the Jets' 16-6 loss to the Lions, cornerback Dexter McDougle.

Who is he?

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first 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 Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Remember all that progress that Christian Hackenberg appeared to make in the Jets' preseason opener? Well, by Week 2 it was gone.

Hackenberg, getting a surprise start over veteran Josh McCown, gave an ugly and unproductive performance in the Jets 16-6 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit. He was a miserable 2 of 6 for 14 yards, with both completions coming on dump-offs to running back Bilal Powell. In a full half of action he led the Jets to just two first downs and a total of 43 yards.

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Aug 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) 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 Christian Hackenberg (5) drops back to pass to running back Bilal Powell (29) during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

Christian Hackenberg could only complete two passes, the Jets' defense failed to contain Matthew Stafford, and the Lions beat the Jets, 16-6, in the second preseason game.

Hackenberg was sacked twice and completed two of his six passes. During the Jets' opening drive, Hackenberg fumbled after he was hit by Detroit's Cornelius Washington, but the Jets recovered. Bryce Petty completed 15 of his 24 passes for 160 yards and threw an interception for the Jets, who were 4-for-13 on third down.

Myles White led the Jets in receiving with three catches for 43 yards, while Jordan Leggett hauled in two catches for 40 yards. Bilil Powell carried the ball nine times for 32 yards as the Jets were unable to get much going in the running game.

Darron Lee and Morris Clairbone had five tackles to lead the Jets on defense, while Demario Davis, Josh Martin, and Corey Lemonier each had a sack. >> Box score

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(William Hauser)

Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson has become more of a vocal leader this season as he has taken it upon himself to fill that void in the locker room.

Linebacker David Harris was the voice in the Jets' locker room for years. Now that he is gone, Wilkerson is the next man in line and he is embracing the new role. 

"I've been here for a long time now," Wilkerson told The Post's Brian Costello, "I always looked up to older guys who are no longer here. I stepped into the footsteps into being a leader. I wasn't vocal [before], but I've always been a leader on this team. David Harris isn't here anymore, so I took it upon myself to speak up more and get out of my comfort zone." 

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(Dennis Schneidler)

The Jets are undefeated, which at the moment is insignificant. But really, given all the predictions of doom and gloom, some people probably thought they wouldn't even end up with one preseason win.

They did, but it wasn't pretty (7-3 over the Tennessee Titans at home last Saturday), and they barely answered any of the many, many major question marks surrounding their season and long-term future. Maybe their game in Detroit against the Lions on Saturday night will provide a few more clues about the direction they're headed.

In the meantime, here are five things worth watching at Ford Field tonight:

Tags: Bilal Powell, Christian Hackenberg, Dylan Donahue, Robby Anderson, Ralph Vacchiano
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Daily News Live: Hack Attack 00:02:52
As the Jets get ready for their second preseason game, the panel discusses if a good game from Hackenberg can win him the starting job.

 

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about the idea of an NFL work stoppage in a few years.

 

 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown watches as quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles did name a starting quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, he is expected to give Josh McCown more playing time.

McCown, who did not get receive any reps at Thursday's practice when the Jets did game-plan prep, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, played the opening drive last week in New York's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans, but Christian Hackenberg then played the following eight possessions.

Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes, but left the door open to it by saying, "we'll discuss it."

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New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets outside linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin in action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin tweaked his back and sat out practice Thursday, leaving him uncertain for the preseason game at Detroit on Saturday night.

Mauldin had been dealing with a back issue earlier during training camp, but returned to the field Wednesday. Coach Todd Bowles said the third-year linebacker was inside receiving treatment during practice Thursday.

Bowles added that he was unsure how long Mauldin would be sidelined, but said that he would likely not play against the Lions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:03:01
Jeane Coakley talks to Muhammad Wilkerson about being one of the older, vocal leaders in the locker room at Jets camp.

 

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Daily News Live: Bowles' future 00:04:48
The Daily News Live panel discusses what Todd Bowles can do to save his job and if he is the right coach to lead a rebuilding effort.

 

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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Looking to gain a physical edge on the field, Jets linebacker Darron Lee gained nine pounds heading into training camp. 

Lee, who was 227 pounds after minicamp ended, is now 236 at training camp. 

"On my conditioning test, everybody was like, 'You look noticeably bigger,'" Lee said, according to the New York Daily News. "Hey, I put in that work."

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Jeane Coakley and Ralph Vacchiano report from Florham Park where Todd Bowles allowed his team to remove pads during practice on Wednesday.

 

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(Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin showed up to a Manhattan court on Wednesday for his alleged assault of a Queens man, but the case has been delayed because prosecution wasn't ready to file paper work, according to multiple reports

Mauldin had turned himself in to authorities in late June for his alleged role in the nightclub attack that took place on April 2. The New York Post reported on June 21 that Mauldin had been charged with misdemeanor assault, which carries a maximum sentence of year in jail.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - In the wake of the ugly riots in Charlottesville, Va., there's a possibility that more NFL players will decline to stand for the national anthem during preseason games this weekend, joining a protest started by Colin Kaepernick last year. So far there's no indication any Jets players will join them.

But if they do, their coach will have their back.

"We don't have a rule book on what's right to protest and not protest," Bowles said at Jets training camp on Wednesday. "You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, wither it's speaking out, a walk to Washington -- who's to say whose protest is good or bad?"

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

John Morton seemed to like everything he saw with Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg on Saturday night. He liked his poise, his decisiveness, the decisions he made. It was clearly a step in the right direction.

But was it a big step toward Hackenberg getting the starting job?

That's a question that Morton, the Jets new offensive coordinator, wasn't willing to answer on Tuesday. In fact, Morton made it sound like Hackenberg still has a long ways to go.

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13) during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Cowboys won 35-10. (Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Jets WR Lucky Whitehead, who suffered a broken foot during Monday's practice, will have surgery for the injury, head coach Todd Bowles said on Wednesday.

Prior to deciding on surgery, Whitehead was expected to miss four-to-six weeks, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Whitehead joined the Jets after he was released by the Cowboys on July 24. He returend two punts and a kickoff in the Jets' preseason opener. Serving primarily as a returner, he caught three passes for 48 yards for the Cowboys in 2016.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jets camp 00:01:46
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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Jets Training Camp report 00:01:37
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where head coach Todd Bowles was not pleased with the team's most recent practice.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte is missing time in the preseason and training camp due to a hamstring injury for the second year in a row, but told NJ.com's JJ Conrad he feels he is close to returning to the field.

"I'm feeling good, but not good enough to be in full practice yet," Forte said to Conrad on Monday. "I'm just going through what the trainers tell me, easing back in. I don't want to go back out there immediately and get injured again."

Forte, who did not play in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Tennessee Titans in the Jets' preseason opener, said he the trainers are being cautious with him given the nature of hamstring injuries and the fact the veteran running back underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus at the end of last season.

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Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)
Oct 17, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Kartozian)

The Jets have signed undrafted rookie WR Daniel Williams, and waived WR Deshon Foxx, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Williams spent time with the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Jackson State (Miss.). Standing at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds, he totaled 184 receptions for 2,497 yards and 19 touchdowns in four years at college. 

Foxx went undrafted as well out of UConn in 2016. He spent time on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad before joining the Jets this offseason. The Jets waived him on May 9, but eventually resigned him on May 22. 

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) watches as quarterback Josh McCown (15) warms up before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

With Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty still early in their NFL careers, Josh McCown is taking a leadership and mentorship role at quarterback in his first season with the Jets. 

"Every quarterback goes out there and they want to finish each drive with a touchdown, so when those things are happening, there is kind of an inner fight of, man, do I need to do more?" McCown said, according to Newsday. "Things happen and you get kind of delayed, but the fight as a quarterback is to stay in the system, stay within the game and don't be greedy and force the ball. So my hat is off to both of them for not doing that."

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SNY's Jonas Schwartz and former NFL guard Willie Colon are live from Jets training camp in Florham Park. The guys open the show with SNY Jets reporter Jeane Coakley to discuss the biggest storylines from camp. Then, they welcome in tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who opens up about the troubled start to his NFL career, and how he is a changed man. Later, rookie safety Marcus Maye joins the show to give his thoughts on his first NFL training camp, and how he is adjusting to life in the New York area.

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