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(Stan Szeto)

After putting up 38 total yards in their season opener, the Jets' run game saw an increase in production in loss to the Raiders Sunday. 

Veteran RB Matt Forte was the leader of the running back committee after posting a dismal 16 yards on six carries against the Bills last week. He posted 53 yards on nine carries with his longest being a 16-yard gain.

Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.

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(Dennis Schneidler)

Bilal Powell should be the Jets' starting running back over Matt Forte, SNY's Willie Colon said during The Jet Stream podcast on Tuesday.

"Matt Forte looked like he was tired at times," Colon said. "His wheels and his feet just weren't working for him. ... he dropped a couple of passes, he looked kind of out of it."

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 (Timothy T. Ludwig)
(Timothy T. Ludwig)

Jets running backs, Bilal Powell and Matt Forte, struggled to pick up yards in the team's loss to the Bills on Sunday. 

The two veteran backs are supposed to be catalysts in the Jets' offensive production this season. Forte believes sharing the reps with Powell creates an advantage for the Jets. 

"It's a good offense for versatile type running backs," Forte told The Post's Brian Costello earlier in the week, "where me and Bilal can go out there and get the ball on third downs and run different routes, be split out on different downs and sets and create mismatches. I've been in offenses like that before with Mike Martz and different coaches in Chicago. It's fun to be in that type of offense because you can play many different sets and you can be in different positions on the field."

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The Jets' season got off to an inauspicious start with a 21-12 loss in Buffalo. Questionable coaching decisions, poor communication in the defensive backfield, an overly conservative offensive gameplan, and inconsistent tackling all contributed to the loss. However, the Jets still kept the game competitive into the fourth quarter.

Let's break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball:

Quarterbacks

From the outset, it was clear the Jets were going to operate a low-risk, short passing game. Josh McCown operated this gameplan efficiently for three quarters. He led an 11-play, 75 yard drive to bring the Jets within two points late in the third quarter. But from that point on, he threw eight passes, three of which were intercepted -- although one doesn't officially count because it was on a two-point conversion attempt. McCown completed just three of those eight passes for eight yards...

Tags: ArDarius Stewart, Bilal Powell, Brandon Shell, Brent Qvale, Brian Winters, Chad Hansen, James Carpenter, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Matt Forte, Robby Anderson, Wesley Johnson, Will Tye
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Bowles on his message to Jets 00:01:26
Todd Bowles talks about the challenge of opening the season on the road and what he told his team heading into Week 1 against the Bills.

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darron Lee, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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(Bill Kostroun/AP)

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THE GAME

The Jets (0-0) at the Buffalo Bills (0-0) at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It should be a beautiful, fall-ish day with lots of sun, little wind and temperatures in the mid-60s.

WHAT IT MEANS

It's a battle for first place in the AFC East! No, really! … OK, these are two rebuilding -- or possibly "tanking" -- teams, neither of which are expected to win many games this season. If they're tanking, then a loss here gets them off to a good start. If they're not, then they ought to take the wins where they can find them because neither have a lot of winnable games on their schedule this year...

Tags: Bilal Powell, Darron Lee, Jeremy Kerley, Josh McCown, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown pales the ball before being hit by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Joe Walker during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown pales the ball before being hit by Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Joe Walker during the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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A year after finishing with the sixth-worst record in the NFL, the Jets are expected to be among the league's worst teams in 2017. How bad are they supposed to be? Maybe not historically bad as some suggest, but they are still in a rebuild.

LAST YEAR

5-11, last place AFC East

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(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Two weeks ago, Todd Bowles went bold, promising in a radio interview that the Jets are "not going to be a terrible team." He promised a tough, scrappy team that will be competitive and "win more games than everybody ever expected."

Considering the way the Jets have systematically torn down their roster since last year, that was some really tough talk from an embattled head coach. It was an unexpected, though probably welcomed, show of brashness. But it begged the question:

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte runs the ball against New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the first quarter of a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Jets running back Matt Forte said he was assured by GM Mike Maccagnan he wouldn't be traded despite rumors surfacing that New York was looking to deal the veteran running back.

"I know it's not true," Forte said about the rumors, according to the New York Post's Brian Costello. "I checked with the man who makes the moves. He basically told me, 'Don't listen to the reports.'"

The 31-year-old Forte, who will earn $4 million this season, called the reports "fake news," according to ESPN's Rich Cimini, and remains confident he will play Week 1 despite missing most of the preseason with a hamstring injury.

Forte recorded 813 rushing yards, 263 receiving yards and eight total touchdowns (seven rushing) in 14 games as a Jet last season. 

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) makes a pass over Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Winston Craig (74) during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg (5) makes a pass over Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Winston Craig (74) during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Jets' defense kept the Eagles from scoring on the final possession to secure a 16-10 win in the preseason finale on Thursday night at MetLife Stadium.

Josh McCown completed six of his eight passes, Spencer Paysinger led the Jets' defense with seven tackles, and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins had two catches and a touchdown in his final game before beginning a two-game suspension.

McCown, who threw for 57 yards, is "all good" after getting the wind knocked out of him, said head coach Todd Bowles. Bryce Petty did not play, but Christian Hackenberg completed just 10 of his 22 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. 

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Josh McCown (AP)
Josh McCown (AP)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Todd Bowles has already made the most important decision of the season for the Jets -- at least until he decides who his next quarterback will be. And at the moment, he's OK with going into the regular season with a starter who has thrown four passes all preseason long.

That's unconventional, to say the least. And who knows? Maybe Bowles will defy convention and risk playing McCown in the Jets' preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whether he does or not, though, he's still got a bunch of other things he needs to figure out with this team before they head to Buffalo for opening day.

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In the latest episode of The Jet Stream, Jeane Coakley, Willie Colon and special guest Bart Scott discuss the team's decision to start Josh McCown at quarterback, the complexities of having three dominating yet similar players on the defensive line, and the possible trade destinations for running back Matt Forte.

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Boom or Bust: Trading Matt Forte 00:03:40
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate whether the Jets should trade Matt Forte, and sound off on former Knick Derrick Rose.

As the Jets approach the final game of their preseason slate, they're looking to see if there's a trade market for running back Matt Forte, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network

However, as Pelissero reports, the Jets could have problems getting teams to agree to a deal due to Forte's $4 million salary. Forte signed a three-year deal with the Jets in 2016 and will not become an unrestricted free agent until 2019.

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(Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports)

As the Jets approach the final game of their preseason slate, they're looking to see if there's a trade market for running back Matt Forte, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network

However, as Pelissero reports, the Jets could have problems getting teams to agree to a deal due to Forte's $4 million salary. Forte signed a three-year deal with the Jets in 2016 and will not become an unrestricted free agent until 2019.

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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)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - At least one Jets quarterback had a great night. And he didn't even have to take a snap.

Because if this game was about Todd Bowles trying to figure out if Christian Hackenberg had any shot at all of being his Opening Day starter, the answer was loud and clear. Hackenberg was awful, at least against the first-team defense in what turned into a 32-31 loss to the Giants on Saturday night.

The offense was abysmal. In the second half, against the Giants' second- and third-team defense, Bryce Petty was impressive, but even before he suffered a knee injury late in the game, he probably wasn't a serious contender for the starting job.

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Giants get offense going in win 00:01:49
Eli Manning and Ben McAdoo react to the Giants' 32-31 preseason victory over the Jets on Saturday night.

Bryce Petty and the Jets stormed back after falling behind 29-3 at the half, scoring three touchdowns in the final two quarters, but a failed two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter doomed the comeback attempt in a 32-31 preseason loss to the Giants on Saturday >> Box score

Petty, who left in the second half with a knee injury, was 15-for-18 and threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns in relief of Christian Hackenberg. Hackenberg returned after Petty's injury and finished 12 for 21 with a touchdown and two interceptions. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown did not play.

Matt Forte had 10 carries for 43 yards and two catches for one yard, while Bilal Powell had a big day receiving, hauling in four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown. He also had seven carries for 32 yards. ArDarius Stewart had four receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets.

The Jets, who scored 28 points in the second half, limited the Giants' offense to just three points in the final two quarters. Julian Stanford had eight tackles, including two for a loss, while Lawrence Thomas had five tackles. Buster Skrine had two tackles and two pass deflections and Marcus Williams broke up three passes. Sheldon Richardson had a sack and Juston Burris had an interception.

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Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) hands off the ball to New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 29, 2017; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown (15) hands off the ball to New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) during New York Jets training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets CB Morris Claiborne and LB Lorenzo Mauldin, both game-time decisions, are among seven players who will not play on Saturday night as the team takes on the Giants at MetLife Stadium, the team announced.

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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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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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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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(Ed Mulholland)

Jets RB Matt Forte responded to former Jets WR Brandon Marshall's comments that he requested his release earlier this offseason because the team 'didn't have a chance' to compete this season.

"It doesn't matter," Forte said about Marshall's comments, according to the NY Daily News. "He's not here. He hasn't been here the whole offseason or whatever, so he doesn't know what chance we have or anyone has. So that's Brandon speaking on Brandon. That's about all I have to say on that."

Marshall, who signed a two-year deal with the Giants after being released by the Jets, was part of a toxic Jets clubhouse last season, and Forte said the clubhouse is improved heading into this season.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Despite the uncertainty the Jets face this season at many positions, Matt Forte believes this year's team will have better environment in the locker room. 

This offseason, the Jets have seen Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, among others, leave for other teams. 

"It's a detriment to a team if you have guys that are selfish and only want to get their job done for a certain reason instead of the main reason, being for all of us to get our job done to win," Forte said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. 

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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell leaps over Miami Dolphins safety Isa Abdul-Quddus during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Projected Starter: Matt Forte

Projected Backups: Bilal Powell, Elijah McGuire

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

RB Matt Forte says the Jets aren't tanking the season, despite the fact that they've cut the majority of their veteran players this offseason.

"It's a good thing we don't operate off of what the fans think and what everybody on the outside thinks," Forte said, according to The Record. "What we think as a team, that's what's going to happen. And none of us on the team think that we're going to tank. So all I have to say about that is: Bring it."

The Jets, who went 5-11 last season, have cut Brandon MarshallEric DeckerDavid HarrisDarrelle RevisNick MangoldNick Folk, and Breno Giacomini since the season ended. They also declined their option on Ryan Clady.

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Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against Miami Dolphins corner back Bobby McCain (28) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets swear they are not listening to the noise outside of their locker room, where they are surrounded by a near-universal prediction of doom and gloom. Some are bracing for an historic disaster of a season. Some are embracing it, hoping that when the dark clouds disperse there's a rainbow leading to USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

But what if the Jets aren't just in a state of denial? What if they sense something different going on with their rebuilding team? What if their dysfunctional, ugly, 5-11 season last year was rock bottom, and now there really is nowhere to go but up?

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte catches the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte catches the ball in the second half at MetLife Stadium. (William Hauser/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- What makes Matt Forte so dangerous, he believes, is his two-way ability as a running back. He can be as dangerous catching passes out of the backfield as he is at running the ball.

So why did the New York Jets throw to him so infrequently last season? Forte doesn't know the answer to that either.

He just knows things are going to be different this year.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Ed Mulholland)

Jets running back Matt Forte says the Jets do not want a repeat of last season's locker room issues this year.

"Being in that locker room and going through that season, we know what the issues were," Forte told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "We identify those issues as a group and meet with the coaches and talk about, 'How do we change that? How do we change the culture in the locker room? How do we change the mistakes we made last year?'"

Forte went on to say that team leaders have conducted "a lot of meetings" with the coaching staff throughout the offseason, and have relayed the message to the rest of the team. The veteran running back touched on a topic that was brought up by WR Quincy Enunwa at the end of last season, about how the Jets simply did not play as a team.

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Motivated Muhammad Wilkerson 00:02:29
The DNL crew discusses Muhammad Wilkerson's arrival at the Jets' Florham Park facility after coming off a disappointing 2016 season.

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For the first time in three years, Muhammad Wilkerson showed up for the start of the New York Jets' offseason training program.

The big defensive lineman was pictured at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, on Monday morning, as the team officially kicked off its voluntary workouts. Last year, Wilkerson declined to participate because he wasn't happy with being tagged as the Jets "franchise player." He skipped them in 2015 as he hoped to pressure the Jets to give him a new deal.

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RB Leonard Fournette highlights 00:02:11
SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays from former LSU running back and NFL Draft prospect Leonard Fournette.

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When Leonard Fournette, the star running back at LSU and a possible target for the Jets with the sixth pick of the draft, weighed a surprising 240 at the NFL scouting combine in early March, he blamed it on drinking way too much water.

Apparently, all that water weight is now gone.

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Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)
Minnesota Vikings fullback Zach Line (48) catches a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn)

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Looking to bolster their rushing attack - which might be especially important if they end up with an inexperienced quarterback - the Jets are bringing in fullback Zach Line for a free-agent visit.

The 26-year-old Line, who played the last four seasons for the Vikings, is expected to arrive in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. He had been the Vikings' primary fullback the last two seasons. In 2016, the Vikings had the NFL's worst rushing attack, though that was largely due to the absence of running back Adrian Peterson. In 2015, they ranked fourth in the league as Peterson rushed for 1,485 yards.

The Jets did not have a true fullback on their roster last season, though they still ranked 12th in the NFL in rushing behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

Players always talk about the non-financial intangibles when they enter free agency, about their desire to find the right situation and play for a winner. But the truth about free agency often is this: Money talks.

Still, the real top players in the market sometimes have choices to make when the money is close, and that's where things could get interesting for Mike Maccagnan and the New York Jets. He's got the money to spend to begin the makeover his roster (approximately $37 million in cap space and maybe more to come). But if his top targets end up with multiple, lucrative options, does the Jets GM have the rest of the package to lure those players to New York?

It could be an interesting question right off the bat with a report already emerging that the Chicago Bears are ready to battle the Jets for free-agent quarterback Mike Glennon. Not that the Bears are in great shape -- they're coming off a 3-13 season and have missed the playoffs the last six seasons just like the Jets. Maybe Glennon, or any player, could make the argument that the Jets are the more attractive spot between the two.

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(AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

SNY's weekly look at the top players on board for the Jets as they prepare to make the sixth overall pick of the NFL draft on April 27, complete with who's rising and who's falling throughout the process and as the Jets' potential needs change:

1.) CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State - The ides of the Jets taking a cornerback sixth overall seemed logical even before Darrelle Revis was charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor after a street fight in Pittsburgh 10 days ago. He probably wasn't coming back anyway, certainly not as a corner, but the incident amplified the need at his position. The combine next week will help solidify Lattimore's status as a Top 10 player. It even could push him out of the Jets' reach and into the Top 5. (Last week: 1)...

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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky (10) passes as Pittsburgh's Ejuan Price (5) rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

As miserable as the Jets' 5-11 season was their consolation prize isn't bad. They stand to get a heck of a player with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft - perhaps a franchise-changing player, and maybe someone who can contribute right away.

That's no guarantee, of course, but it's a positive to focus on for a team that needs a lot of help in a lot of different areas. Maybe - just maybe - they could end up with the franchise quarterback they've been seeking for far too many years.

It's early, of course - very early - and a lot can change during free agency. But here's a look at five players the Jets might have their eyes on in the first round of the NFL draft, which takes place on April 27. SNY will be taking a weekly look at this board and charting who is rising and falling throughout the combine and Pro Day season, and as the Jets' potential needs change:

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 (William Hauser - USA Today)
(William Hauser - USA Today)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

It has been 48 years and two weeks since the Jets shook up the world and changed the NFL with their victory in Super Bowl III, and they have since taken their fans on a long, depressing and at times torturous run. It's been so painful at times that it's easy to forget the Jets went to back-to-back AFC championship games just six years ago.

Of course, since then they've brought the pain: Six straight seasons without a playoff berth, only one season with a winning record, and it was all capped off by a miserable 5-11 season that felt worse since the Jets had so much optimism after going 10-6 in 2015.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Calvin Pryor, Christian Hackenberg, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, Eric Decker, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Wesley Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine during a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. (Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports Images)

We've looked at some of the roster decisions facing the Jets as we head into the offseason over the past few weeks. Readers overwhelmingly voted to keep Eric DeckerNick Mangold and David Harris and to dump Darrelle Revis, but were torn on Brandon Marshall and Sheldon Richardson. How about some of the other decisions facing the front office and coaching staff?

Of course young players like Leonard Williams and Darron Lee or players that performed well in 2016 like James Carpenter and Bilal Powell will return in 2017, but that about those whose performance was more disappointing?

Tags: Ben Ijalana, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Breno Giacomini, Brian Winters, Buster Skrine, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Deon Simon, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Erin Henderson, James Carpenter, Leonard Williams, Marcus Gilchrist, Marcus Williams, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Nick Folk, Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady, Steve McLendon, Wesley Johnson
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Dennis Schneidler)

Jets RB Bilal Powell posted 122 rushing yards on 22 carries, adding three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown, in New York's 30-10 win over the Bills in the final game of the season Sunday.

Powell was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills due to a knee injury and an illness, but battled throughout the game and finished with six carries of 10-plus yards.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa
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Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett (36) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 17, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) is tackled by Miami Dolphins corner back Tony Lippett (36) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

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Jets RB Matt Forte underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus on Friday, head coach Todd Bowles told reporters on Monday.

Bowles said the team is hoping Forte will be ready to participate in New York's offseason training in the spring.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday.

The following players are OUT for Sunday's game against the Bills:

  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder) 
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) 
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) 
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) 
Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did not participate in Practice

  • WR Brandon Marshall (back) -
  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder) -
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) -
  • RB Brandon Wilds (hamstring) -
  • WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) - 
  • CB Nick Marshall (hamstring) -
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle) - 
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) - 
  • RB Bilal Powell (illness) -

Limited participation in Practice

Tags: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bilal Powell, Brandon Marshall, Juston Burris, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Steve McLendon
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Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

The Jets released the following injury report prior to Saturday's game against the Patriots...

Out

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DT Steve McClendon (hamstring) 
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Khiry Robinson, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Jets-Patriots 00:01:40
SNY's NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano discusses his three keys to a Jets victory on Saturday against the New England Patriots.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The New York Jets (4-10) at the New England Patriots (12-2) at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.

THE WEATHER: Rain and apparently lots of it, plus temperatures in the mid-40s. It could be worse -- a little colder and it would be a blizzard.

WHAT IT MEANS: Well, it's a big one for Bryce Petty, I guess. And for any Jets fans not interested in draft position, it would probably be a nice almost-ending to a miserable season to beat the Patriots. Other than that, I've got nothing.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Matt Forte, New England Patriots, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Matt Forte (knee/shoulder)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) 

Limited Participation in Practice (Less than 100 percent of a player's normal repetitions)

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Bryce Petty, Buster Skrine, Khiry Robinson, Leonard Williams, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) runs the ball against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

With starting running back Matt Forte active but serving as the team's backup because of a knee injury, RB Bilal Powell took advantage of his opportunity by running for 84 yards on 16 carries, while adding 11 receptions for 78 yards, against the Dolphins on Saturday night.

With Forte mostly riding the bench, Powell played in a three-down role and averaged 5.3 yards per rush along with 7.1 yards per catch.

The sixth-year back came two receiving yards short of leading New York in both rushing and receiving yards against Miami.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Matt Forte
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Matt Forte runs against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (AP)
Matt Forte runs against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (AP)

The Jets released their injury report on Friday. The following players were listed...

The following players will be OUT for Saturday's game against the Dolphins

  • LB Mike Catapano (knee)
  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • DT Steve McLendon (Hamstring)
  • CB Buster Skrine (concussion)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Mike Catapano, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quincy Enunwa, Steve McLendon
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Vacc's 3 Keys: Dolphins-Jets 00:01:51
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano believes that Jets must contain Jay Ajayi and pressure Matt Moore in order to beat Miami on Saturday night.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

THE GAME: The Miami Dolphins (8-5) at the Jets (4-9) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 8:25 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER: The good news, I guess, is that there probably won't be many people showing up to endure this, so there'll be plenty of places for you to take cover inside the stadium. The bad news? The day will be an ugly mix of rain and snow and wind. Probably mostly rain on Saturday night as temperatures actually warm up into the low 40s. But the rain should be pretty steady. So … enjoy!

WHAT IT MEANS: For the Jets, it's nothing but a glimpse of the future. It's Start No. 2 for QB Bryce Petty, who got off to a rough start last week in San Francisco but ended up with decent numbers and an overtime win against a truly, truly awful team. The Dolphins are quite the step up in class.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Bryce Petty, Darrelle Revis, Darron Lee, David Harris, Matt Forte, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

The Jets released their injury report on Thursday. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
  • Steve McClendon (hamstring) 
  • CB Buster Skrine (concussion)
  • Brent Qvale (hamstring)
  • DE Mike Catapano (knee)
  • TE Brandon Bostick (ankle)
  • RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
Tags: Brandon Marshall, Brent Qvale, Buster Skrine, Jalin Marshall, Khiry Robinson, Lorenzo Mauldin, Matt Forte, Muhammad Wilkerson, Steve McLendon
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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs for a touchdown ahead of Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (53), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (Lynne Sladky)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs for a touchdown ahead of Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (53), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky)

RB Matt Forte doesn't regret signing with the Jets, he told Brian Costello of the NY Post on Wednesday.

"No," Forte said when asked if he regretted it. "In anything we do in life, you're where you are for a reason. I believe God has me here for a reason. I was meant to be here. I made my decision. I'll always stick behind it."

Forte, 31, signed a three-year deal worth $12 million (with $9 million guaranteed) prior to the season.

He has rushed 214 times for 792 yards and seven touchdowns, but is now dealing with a torn meniscus in his knee that he'll attempt to play through.

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Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Dec 5, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs with the ball during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Jets RB Matt Forte said an MRI revealed a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. The 31-year-old suspects he's been playing with the injury all season, although he hopes to play this week against Miami. He will have the knee examined after the season but hopes that he can avoid surgery.

Forte carried the ball just three times for eight yards before leaving Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers with knee soreness. 

The former Chicago Bear has rushed for 792 yards through 13 games in his first year with the Jets.

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