Player News - Jets

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Elijah McGuire (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

McGuire's injury isn't believed to be serious, but his practice week is off on the wrong foot. If he can't play against the Saints, Matt Forte and Bilal Powell would likely split McGuire's handful of touches, raising their floors.
Dec 13 - 3:21 PM

Christian Hackenberg will take over as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback after Josh McCown's year-ending hand injury.

The Jets clearly know Hackenberg isn't ready to play, or else they'd be starting the 2016 second-round pick. We'd be skeptical at this point if Hackenberg ever became ready to play. Instead, Gang Green will trot out Bryce Petty for Week 15 at New Orleans. Petty did show a strong connection with Robby Anderson last year, although all Jets pass catchers inevitably take a major hit.
Dec 11 - 3:45 PM

Josh McCown (broken left hand) needs surgery, and is officially done for the season.

It's a sad end to what had been an uplifting campaign for the 38-year-old signal caller. Speaking Monday, coach Todd Bowles said the two had yet to talk about McCown's future. McCown, whom many thought would retire last offseason, is headed back to free agency. Although he made it 13 games this season, McCown has always had a tough time staying on the field. Admirable though his 2017 campaign was, the Jets also need to be thinking bigger at quarterback.
Dec 11 - 3:04 PM

Jets RB Elijah McGuire's (ankle) MRI came back negative.

Per's Ian Rapoport, McGuire has "minimal" damage. It sounds like he could suit up for Week 15 against the Saints, though it would just be for his usual role as the Jets' No. 3 back.
Dec 11 - 2:32 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Bryce Petty will start if Josh McCown (broken hand) cannot play Week 15 against the Saints.

It makes sense as Petty has been the No. 2 quarterback all season and replaced McCown against the Broncos. Petty was terrible in relief, however, and it would make sense for the Jets to see how bad Christian Hackenberg actually is. If McCown's season is over, both Petty and Hackenberg should see snaps down the stretch.
Source: ESPN
Dec 11 - 9:17 AM

Coach Todd Bowles announced Josh McCown suffered a broken left (non-throwing) hand in the Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

McCown was banged up in this one, injuring his back in the second quarter before then hurting his left hand the next quarter. He'll undergo further tests to determine if he'll need surgery, and we'd imagine he will. McCown was in a cast after the game. The 38-year-old almost made it through the entire season but suffered his yearly injury before doing so. It's so tough for him, as McCown is a legitimate starter in this league but cannot sustain health. Bryce Petty is next man up for a Jets team that has far and away exceeded expectations under McCown's guidance.
Dec 10 - 9:28 PM

Matt Forte slumped to just 13 yards on six carries while contributing two catches for 21 yards on three targets Sunday in the Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

Even against the Broncos' depleted front seven, Forte wasn’t able to gain much traction on Sunday. It didn’t help that Denver dominated time of possession, holding onto the ball for almost 38 of 60 minutes. It was a day to forget for the Jets, who were held to 100 yards of total offense including 59 rushing yards on 23 carries. Forte worked behind Bilal Powell on Sunday, seeing just eight touches to Powell’s 13. Hopefully you have better running back options than Forte next week against the Saints.
Dec 10 - 8:36 PM

Bilal Powell chipped in with 35 yards on 13 carries Sunday in the Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

He wasn’t targeted in the passing game. Despite the Jets trailing, Powell actually saw most of his work in the second half. He’s out-touched Matt Forte in two straight games, though it hasn’t translated to much fantasy success. Powell is probably the Jets back to own in fantasy, though Forte's presence continues to limit his upside.
Dec 10 - 8:34 PM

Jermaine Kearse secured just one catch for four yards on six targets Sunday in Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

Coming off the game of his life against the Chiefs in Week 13 (career-high 157 yards), Kearse was essentially non-existent in Sunday’s defeat. Maybe that was to be expected against one of the league’s top secondaries, though it had to be a gut punch for fantasy owners who were caught point-chasing after his big game last week. With Josh McCown hurt, Kearse could be in for another rough game next week at New Orleans.
Dec 10 - 8:33 PM

Austin Seferian-Jenkins came down with one catch for one yard on four targets Sunday in the Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

ASJ was a trendy streamer at the start of the year but we’re way past that now as the tight end has managed just three catches for eight yards over his last two games and hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 7. With Josh McCown on the shelf, we wouldn’t go anywhere near him next week against New Orleans.
Dec 10 - 8:32 PM

Bryce Petty completed 2-of-9 passes for 14 yards while adding seven yards on one carry Sunday in the Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

Coming off the bench in place of an injured Josh McCown, Petty showed why he’s spent the last three months riding the bench. He ended the game with five straight incompletions as the Jets went three-and-out on four straight drives during garbage time. It was a tough matchup for Petty against a difficult Denver secondary that was expecting the pass, but there’s little to suggest he’ll be successful if he has to fill in for McCown next week against the Saints. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
Dec 10 - 8:01 PM

Robby Anderson was held to just three catches for 27 yards on six targets Sunday in Jets’ Week 14 loss to the Broncos.

Anderson tried to avoid Aqib Talib by spending time in the slot on Sunday, but obviously it didn’t make much of a difference. Josh McCown struggled through multiple injuries on Sunday before finally handing the reigns to Bryce Petty, who ran the offense into the ground with four straight three-and-outs to end the game. Anderson made an acrobatic catch on a deflected pass for a nine-yard gain in the second half, but was otherwise held in check on a day where the Jets threw for just 60 yards through the air. He’ll look to bounce back against the Saints in Week 15.
Dec 10 - 7:59 PM

Josh McCown left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Broncos with a left hand injury and will not return.

McCown left the game earlier after injuring his back on a second-quarter scramble but only missed one play. He lasted another quarter before absorbing a huge hit from Shane Ray. McCown injured his non-throwing hand on the play and immediately went to the locker room for X-rays. He completed just six-of-12 passes for 46 yards with one interception and a lost fumble before exiting. Bryce Petty will finish out the game at QB.
Dec 10 - 6:15 PM

Elijah McGuire left Sunday's Week 14 game against the Broncos with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

He lost three yards on his lone carry before exiting in the first quarter. His absence will open up work for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.
Dec 10 - 4:50 PM

Matt Forte (knee) is active for Week 14 against the Broncos.

So is Robby Anderson (hamstring). Forte will lead the Jets' backfield committee while Anderson is likely to do battle with Aqib Talib, who is back after serving a one-game suspension last week. OLB Freddie Bishop, LB Bruce Carter, CB Jeremy Clark, QB Christian Hackenberg, OL Jonotthan Harrison, OL Ben Ijalana and CB Derrick Jones round out the Jets' inactives for Week 14.
Dec 10 - 2:48 PM

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