Just to note, this is from yesterday.  We'll keep you updated from the latest as we can today.

Opening Statement…

Today I thought was great. I’ve been really pleased with the first two days of practice. I like the way we’re competing with each other and yet still at the same time taking care of each other. I think that’s obviously important especially when you’re doing it with pads on. Unfortunately, we lost Aaron Berry with an ACL injury and that’s really unfortunate. The young man was in great shape and it just seems like every year something like that happens to somebody and it’s really unfortunate but I think he’ll come back strong and be ready to go and we’ll certainly miss him but he’s still a Jet. There’s no doubt about that. The practice, I’ll tell you I’ve been pleased with (Clyde) Gates. Obviously, he’s making some big plays. When you’re crossing the goal line with the ball, you have a tendency to notice the guy. He’s doing a tremendous job. I liked (Vidal) Hazelton, the way he played today. Not because he got in a little whatever but because he’s working to get open, he’s running routes well, and I thought he caught the ball well. And then on the defensive side of the ball, I think Antonio Allen jumped out to me. Jaiquawn Jarrett looked good. So that’s going to be great competition with those guys (as they) compete for that starting spot opposite (Dawan) Landry. It’s good competition. He made a great play in the end zone getting that one interception today and he challenges himself. Very few safeties are going to line up one-on-one against wide outs and yet he challenge(s) himself every day to do that. So I’ve been pleased with him. And then some corners that have been given an opportunity are stepping up like a guy like Ellis Lankster has been pretty impressive. So I’ve liked the way he’s competing. And Kyle (Wilson), obviously, I think he’s coming on. With that I’ll go ahead and open it up for questions.

On the system being a fit for Gates…

Well, I mean, we’re going to need to see the game action and all that but I think without question it’s a fit. If you’re a receiver it’s a fit. I mean, it’s tough, for each of Marty’s (Mornhinweg) years because I’ve had to defend against him and (Marty’s) got an excellent offensive mind. He’s kind of like (Dennis Thurman) in the fact (he is) somebody that’s seen and done it. I see DT’s been with me forever so we’re all part of each other, but the same kind of mentality I have on defense, like I’ve seen it, I’ve done it and defended it. He takes the same thing on (offense)…is it cocky? Yeah, probably. Confident, a little cocky. He can go home at night. At 9:30, he can go home. Why? He’s prepared. He’s ready to go. It’s not like he has to sit back and reinvent the wheel. He’s already done it. It’s impressive, I like watching our offense. Some of the screen things we do, some of the other things that we do down the field, he’s got a way of getting people the football. But you talk about Clyde Gates, most track guys are guys that are super fast, aren’t route runners. I think Clyde’s a route runner. I saw last year, I thought he really improved last year, the beginning of last year, whether it’s seeing a Santonio Holmes, being with Sanjay (Lal), I don’t know, you’d have to ask him. But he does a good job of running routes. And with that speed he has, the number one thing – well, you’re going to press him at the line. Well, if you miss him, you’re in trouble. The other thing is he’s able to get off the press and he does a great job even on the top of his route. So we’ll see. I think the big thing is availability in this league is probably as important as athletic ability and so proving that he can be durable and all that kind of stuff is going to be part of it as well.

On if Geno Smith will practice with the first team…

Oh yeah. We’ll have a method to the madness or whatever. He’ll certainly get an opportunity to run with the ones.

On if he can evaluate Smith easier when he plays with the starters…

Well, again, the way we split up routes, or reps, sometimes you’ll see the ones versus the threes. Sometimes you’ll learn a lot from the threes. If a guy’s stepping up and he can compete against (the ones), you feel pretty good about it. Maybe he’s not a three for long. Maybe you move guys up. But, they’re just reps right now. Obviousl, I think if it’s a live scrimmage rep, I think that’s probably a little different. But right now it’s more of an introductory-type thing. Whether it’s with the ones or the twos or whatever, both guys are going to be given equal reps with the ones and twos.

On if Mark Sanchez will throw with the starters for the first full-padded practice…

Well, we’ll see. I think I can sit back and say yes, but to be honest with you I know it’s going to be even with the reps so I don’t know what it calls for. I know one thing, that Geno did run that zone-read today and I’m not so sure we (could have) tackled him. That looked pretty good.

On Quinton Coples’ growth…

I think just his…and if I say ‘maturity’ I’m going to get killed for it because people are going to say ‘Oh well come on, Coples is not mature.’ Yeah, he is. But he’s, I think just knowing the pro game and working at a higher tempo. I see him doing it. We’ll give him a lot. He’s playing in, he’s playing outside, he’s doing a lot of different things. And you can’t do that if you don’t know what you’re doing so I see that from him. Obviously he’s jumping out to everybody because you see the athleticism. I think that’s what jumps out at you. But I see the other things, too. I see he’s not making the mental mistakes. We’re challenging him mentally. We’ll say ‘Oh, by the way, you play D-end right now,’ (and we) haven’t even gone over it with him. But he has to pay attention in the meetings and things like that. Again, I’ve been kind of impressed with him. Muhammad Wilkerson though, if you just watch a guy that is the man, I know (Quinton)’s going to jump out at you, there’s no question, but to me Muhammad Wilkerson’s the guy that should be getting most of the focus.

On Kyle Wilson’s role…

Well again, he’s competing for a starting job as a corner. Could we use him at other areas? Absolutely. We put him as the starting nickel. He’s been a starting nickel here for the last couple years, but even some safety, some different roles that we can play. The great thing about Kyle is he’s smart and you can put him anywhere. He kind of gives us some matchup things. If we prefer to play another corner, we can do that. If we want to play him as a safety, we can do that also and, obviously, as a corner. Right now he’s competing for the starting corner job.

On if he is mindful of a plan beyond 2013…

Well sure. I think when you look at it. That’s going to be more of the when you get down to what the roster looks like and all that stuff. Obviously, you’re winning for now…that whole thing about win for now and you’re also trying to develop for the future. Certainly, I’m mindful of that.

On whether Dee Milliner will need to catch up since he missed off-season time on the field…

Well, we’ll find out when that time comes. I think with Dee he did a great job in the classroom. So it wasn’t like he was missing time in the classroom. And he was on top of it. So I think from a mental part, certainly I would expect him to be able to jump in and go but you’re right, he hasn’t been out there physically. He had the surgery and things like that. So I guess we’ll find out when he shows up.

On if he talks to John Idzik about Milliner…

I talk to John every day and several times a day but it’s not that Dee is really the topic of conversation. We might talk about it but it’s certainly not where the focus of the conversation generally is. We’re talking about what we observed on the practice field and the way people are picking things up in the classroom and things like that.

On how disappointing Milliner’s absence is given his disappointment with Darrelle Revis in previous years…

Well, I’m frustrated by it. I’m disappointed he’s not here. I’d like for Dee to be here. There’s no question. But I think with Darrelle’s contract, he was under contract. And I think that was a lot of my frustration, was that we had a player that was under contract and wasn’t there. A player and an organization are going to do what’s in the best interest of each other or whatever. Certainly the organization is and the player will also and that’s fine. But if a guy was under contract then I think that would be…that’s where I would have the biggest frustration. Here, this is business. It’s not the first time that a player is not here because he didn’t sign a contract.

On if he has reached out to Milliner…

No.

On if he senses the players miss Revis or if they use it as motivation to prove themselves…

I think both statements are true. I think both statements are true because you’re always going to miss a teammate, and especially a good teammate. He was a great player and he’s a good teammate. So certainly you miss that. There’s a lot of guys, Jim Leonhard, you miss a lot of guys. But, at the same time, you’re right it’s not about one guy and it wasn’t about one guy when he was here. We had a lot of good football players. But, was he a phenomenal player? absolutely. But we have a lot of good football players here, on both sides of the ball. And I think us, you see a lot of joy out there because the guys are having fun. They’re competing against each other and they’re enjoying it, and it’s good competition. We think that we’re going to be ok.

On the cornerback competition…

Unfortunately losing Aaron (Berry), because that was a young man that we really liked and we thought could be in that competition. But we have Kyle (Wilson) as a starter now, and he’s being pushed by Ellis (Lankster) and (Darrin) Walls. (Isaiah) Trufant, Trufant is more of a nickel, as we know, (Trufant) a tough little hombre, but he’s truly more of your inside-type corner. But he’s outstanding in some of the things that he does. And then you have some young guys competing as well. Finally get (Mike) Edwards on the field, start seeing what he can do. Donnie Fletcher, I like the fact Donnie can do a lot of things. We train him in similar roles like we do Kyle (Wilson). Outside, nickel, corner, safety, a lot of different roles for him also.

On any changes with Mike Goodson…

No. Same thing guys.

On David Harris’ shape coming into camp…

Absolutely. I’m spreading the rumor he’s on the lap band, but I’m not sure he was (joking). No, he looks outstanding. He is quick, and I think we all took it personal. We never played to our expectations, and so every one of us is like, no, no, I’m going to be at my very best, and that’s what I think you see in David (Harris). He proves it by the shape that he came in, and the way he’s leading this team.

On Rontez Miles’ injury…

He’s got a hip. Again, the severity of it, I’m not real sure, but it’s keeping him out. And it’s something he had at the mini camp, and he’s still not back from that yet.

On where his statement, “we’re going to be ok” comes from…

Through everything I’ve seen. The fact that we probably had more guys at our volunteer camps than anybody in the league. I know they work extremely hard. We came back in shape, for the majority of the team was in great shape. And we have some talent, and I think when you look at the systems we play, I think we have excellent systems, and I think again, how many wins, I don’t know, we’ll see. I know one thing, we’re going to show up with everything we have, we’re going to play that way, we’re going to practice that way, and we’re going to attend meetings the same way. We know that we have to be at our very best. And I’m confident that we’ll be there.

On if his daily discussions with John Idzik go beyond this year…

We talk about everything. The majority of our conversations are about the present. But, absolutely. I mean, hey, I know who’s in the draft for next year, like some of those guys that I’ve seen just by watching tape of guys. Safe to say I won’t be here if we draft (University of South Carolina DE Jadaveon) Clowney, I can just say that right now. I think we can say that without hesitation. Kid ran a lot of 4.46 80 or something like that. And they’re one of the best teams in South Carolina too (joking).

On how difficult it is for a defensive back to defend the read-option…

Well it wasn’t just the DB it was that defensive end. I was like ohhhh, I don’t know if he would have got him. But it was kind of cool to be able to do that. And we can be very multiple. You’ve got David Lee here, who’s had a lot of experience with it. Obviously Marty’s (Mornhinweg) had experience with it, running some of that stuff. I think the league (if) you look at Buffalo, the young man they drafted (from) Florida State, I’m sure they’re going to do that. I think the league, you have to be prepared for all of it, and he has that type of athleticism where he can do some of that as well.

On the read-option in the NFL, and why it’s suddenly working now… 

I think part of it is that a lot of these quarterbacks, people will just take that big defensive end and hit you right in the face. So I remember Fran Tarkenton with 30 stiches or whatever it was, got knocked out – some guy from Detroit hit him, I’m like mmm, that’s probably the last time they run the read-option with Fran Tarkenton. But, even the rules have changed. If you’re getting your quarterback hit in the face with a helmet, I don’t know how much of this zone read we’d see. But it’s certainly, our rules are in place to protect the players and that’s where they should be. But maybe that’s part of it as well. It’s always that the zone read and the option, it’s just mathematics. The offense is trying to get a numbers advantage, and I think on defense you kind of think unless you’re using the quarterback, that you actually have an extra defender. When you’re involved with the quarterback or the wild-cat guy, then it’s 11 on 11 football.

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GEICO SportsNite: Forte returns 00:01:47
SNY's Jeane Coakley reports from Jets practice where running back Matt Forte returned for the first time since July 31.

 

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Forte's hamstring is feeling healthy and he's ready for some game action.

The New York Jets running back practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time in more than three weeks and insists he'll be ready to play in the regular-season opener.

"No doubt," said Forte, who was sidelined since July 31 with a hamstring injury that limited him to only individual drills the last several days. >> Read more

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(Kirby Lee)

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan ignored speculation to draft Saints RB Alvin Kamara as he didn't want to take the risk, reports NY Daily News' Manish Mehta

Kamara is turning heads as the rookie has shown out in his two preseason games with the Saints so far this year. Mehta says the Jets wanted to make a push to draft Kamara this year, but Maccagnan decided to stay where they were on the draft board as he viewed Kamara as too much of a risk.

The Jets drafted WR ArDarius Stewart at No. 79 overall in the third round, but now they are seeing what they could have possibly gotten with Kamara in their backfield. The 5-foot-10, 194 pound back has totaled 118 yards and a touchdown on just 10 touches in two preseason games. 

Kamara is shaping up to be a difference maker if he can continue the pace he is on, and the Jets could certainly have used his talents. However, head coach Todd Bowles believes there are playmakers already on his roster...

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(Brad Penner)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles believes his team will perform better than anyone is expecting them to this season, per ESPN's Rich Cimini

Bowles spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN radio at camp Monday, and gave the Jets' fan base an encouraging message. 

"I would tell them that we're not going to be a terrible team," Bowles said. "We're going to come out there and fight, and blood, sweat and tears will go out to the city and our fans, and we're going to win more games than everybody ever expected."

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Jeane Coakley on Jets camp 00:01:55
Jeane Coakley reports from Jets training camp where Todd Bowles wants more consistency and hopes to name a starting quarterback soon.

 

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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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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

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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JRSportBrief: NFL work stoppage? 00:01:54
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.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Detroit Lions, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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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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Bowles rewards team during camp 00:02:29
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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Jeane Coakley reports from Jets camp, where Todd Bowles was pleased with his team's response to his criticism.

 

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