Player News - Jets

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Eric Decker caught 1-of-5 targets for a 22-yard touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

The red zone king beat sticky coverage from Janoris Jenkins on his score. Decker could have had another catch or two, but was victimized by inaccurate Ryan Fitzpatrick throws. He finishes August with two grabs for 35 yards and tonight's score. With at least 10 touchdowns in 3-of-4 seasons, Decker is a rock-solid WR2 for an offense that should throw a ton in 2016.
Aug 27 - 9:25 PM

Jets ILB David Harris left Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Harris went down near the end of the first half. He spent a decent amount of time on the ground before slowly walking off the field with trainers. He headed straight to the locker room. It's obviously not surprising Harris didn't return to a preseason game, but a multi-week ailment can't be ruled out. It's also entirely possible Gang Green is just being cautious.
Aug 27 - 9:22 PM

Matt Forte rushed 10 times for 28 yards in Saturday's preseason game, catching 2-of-3 targets for nine yards.

Making his preseason debut (and finale), Forte got the ball five times on Gang Green's opening drive. He dominated the first quarter snaps, though Bilal Powell notched seven touches of his own by halftime. The biggest takeaway is that Forte looked 100 percent healthy, and was heavily involved as a pass catcher. Powell is going to cut into Forte's third down work, but the longtime Bear is a strong RB2.
Aug 27 - 9:05 PM

Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 9-of-16 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, also losing a fumble.

To put it mildly, Fitz looked rusty. He was extremely lucky to escape without an interception. His touchdown was a staredown to Eric Decker, who beat sticky coverage from Janoris Jenkins. Otherwise, Fitz was sailing passes left and right, seeming to struggle with his mechanics. It's not a surprise after he spent the entire summer playing contract hardball. Fitz closes the book on the preseason completing 16-of-29 throws for 183 yards (6.31 YPA), one score and zero picks. He'll remain a matchup-based QB2 in his age-34 season.
Aug 27 - 9:00 PM

Brandon Marshall is inactive for the Jets' third preseason game.

Marshall is an 11th-year pro with 882 career catches. He doesn't need a "dress rehearsal" for Week 1. Marshall has little shot at matching last year's ridiculous 109/1,502/14 line, but remains a firm WR1 in an offense that figures to throw as much as any in football.
Aug 27 - 6:09 PM

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa (concussion) has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

The Jets are playing it safe with Enunwa. He should be fully healthy for Week 1.
Aug 27 - 4:01 PM

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora suggests RT Breno Giacomini (back) could open the season on reserve/PUP.

Giacomini has missed the entire preseason with his back issue. He's reportedly making progress, but the Jets don't have a timetable for his return. Ben Ijalana is the top in-house candidate to replace Giacomini.
Aug 26 - 5:34 PM

ESPN New York reports the Jets want Matt Forte to be a "major factor" in the passing game.

Catching the ball is one of Forte's best skills, but it's also the primary reason the Jets re-signed Bilal Powell to a three-year, $11.25 million contract. Forte caught 102 passes in the Bears' warped 2014 offense, but saw that number plummet to 44 last season. 50 seems like a reasonable over/under for his receptions.
Aug 25 - 5:58 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles admits RT Breno Giacomini (back, PUP) might not be ready for Week 1.

Bowles said the team may have to add a veteran free agent. The market is obviously barren, with Will Beatty the top option. "Retired" Eugene Monroe is also available.
Aug 25 - 4:35 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Matt Forte (hamstring) will make his debut Saturday against the Giants.

Bowles said over the weekend he hoped to get Forte "a few snaps" against the Giants, and it looks like that is still the plan. "I hope so, if he doesn’t have any setbacks," Bowles said. "I want him to get hit before our first game. I don’t want that to be the first time." Forte missed a large chunk of training camp with a hamstring injury, but he has reportedly looked sharp since returning.
Aug 25 - 9:45 AM

Jets TE coach Jimmie Johnson said Jace Amaro is still a "work in progress" as a blocker.

"He has done a better job sustaining his blocks and trying to stay engaged," Johnson said. "All of that is promising." Amaro has also continued his struggle with drops this preseason, missing two sure catches when an injury to Quincy Enunwa afforded him extra snaps in the second preseason game. With plenty of questions left to answer, it appears unlikely Amaro grabs an early-season role.
Aug 25 - 8:51 AM

The Jets' coaching staff acknowledged that second-round QB Christian Hackenberg has flaws in his mechanics.

Despite these flaws, the Jets have been careful not to overwhelm Hackenberg while he's still learning the playbook. "It's like a golfer," said QBs coach Kevin Patullo. "You don't want to change his swing midseason." Obviously the Jets are in no rush to get Hackenberg on the field. Right now he's a distant fourth on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 7:07 PM

Jets third-round OLB Jordan Jenkins is dealing with a calf injury.

Coach Todd Bowles said he's "day to day" or "week to week," which suggests uncertainty. If it's week to week, Jenkins could be in danger of missing Week 1 against the Bengals. Jenkins has been competing with Mike Catapano for the starting job at strong side linebacker.
Aug 24 - 6:41 PM

Geno Smith will function as the Jets' No. 2 quarterback for Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

Smith has faced competition from Bryce Petty throughout camp but it appears he's still in the driver's seat for backup duties behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. It would probably make life easier for the Jets if Petty wins the job over Smith, who could easily be traded or let go. If Smith holds off Petty, there's a real chance the Jets could open the year with four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.
Aug 24 - 4:44 PM

Jets second-round QB Christian Hackenberg has gotten more snaps at practice this week.

It is difficult to develop as a quarterback without getting any practice or game reps, and yet that is exactly how Hackenberg has started his first NFL training camp. The Jets have finally started to get him some real work in practice, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it has reportedly been ugly. Hackenberg could get some run in the fourth preseason game, but he will be firmly rooted to the bench all season.
Aug 23 - 8:40 AM


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