New York Teams

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

If you arrived from outer space and landed at today's Jets practice, you'd draw this conclusion about their quarterback situation: They have no clue as to who will start. Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty split the first-team reps, with presumptive starter Josh McCown barely getting on the field. This looks like a Hackenberg vs. Petty day. Enough experimenting; it's time to settle on a lineup.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Some developments at Jets camp: RB Matt Forte (hamstring) is taking part in team drills for the first time since July 31. Mind you, this isn't a live practice; it's game plan-related so far. Also, all three quarterbacks have taken reps with the first-team offense. Notably not practicing: CB Morris Claiborne (undisclosed reason).

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets RB Matt Forte, who hasn't participated in team drills since July 31 because of a pulled hamstring, is running routes in positional drills. The sense I get is that he'll be ready for Week 1.

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OBJ's importance in perspective

Odell Beckham Jr. played 961 of the Giants' 1,018 offensive snaps (94.4 percent) last season, the third-highest percentage for any wide receiver in the league behind DeAndre Hopkins and teammate Sterling Shepard.

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Manning loses if OBJ misses time

Odell Beckham Jr. hasn't complained about the hit he took Monday that caused his ankle injury, but some of his teammates have voiced their displeasure. If anyone should be upset, it should be his QB, Eli Manning.

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Impossible to replace Odell Beckham Jr.

OBJ accounted for 33.9 percent of his team's receiving yards last season, the highest percentage in the NFL. He could play an entire season without making a catch and still be the Giants' all-time leader in receiving yards per game, ahead of Homer Jones (66.4).

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Injuries huge hit to Giants' receiver depth

Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), Brandon Marshall (shoulder) and Tavarres King (ankle) all suffered injuries in Monday's preseason contest. If OBJ and/or Marshall were to miss time, it would leave the Giants very inexperienced at the position.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from the Jets: "The New York Jets organization is very proud that Woody Johnson was officially sworn in today as ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As previously announced, Christopher Johnson has taken over the role of New York Jets chairman and CEO."

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Giants, Browns at opposite ends of QB consistency

Eli Manning made his first career start in Week 11 of 2004; he's been the only QB to start for the Giants since then. New York is the only team to start one QB in that span, while the Browns have started 22 since Week 11 of 2004, the most in the NFL.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets avoided the total solar eclipse by practicing indoors. In fact, they didn't even practice; it was just a 90-minute walk-through, ending at 2:30 ET. Afterward, some players went outside to view the eclipse with protective glasses. Todd Bowles said the eclipse had nothing to do with the change in practice plans. He said he wanted a light day to allow the team to recover physically from Saturday night's game.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg took the blame for the sack/fumble on the third play on Saturday night's loss to the Lions. "We could've checked to something else, probably maxed it, got some protection," said Hackenberg, who was crushed by the unblocked Cornelius Washington. "It was a good learning experience. I thought they were bringing something and they adjusted, and they did a good job of bringing what I thought they weren't going to bring." Translation: He got outfoxed by the Lions.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets injury report: LB Lorenzo Mauldin's back injury is healing "slowly," per coach Todd Bowles, who said Mauldin may need an epidural shot to relieve pain. Not good news for the third-year linebacker, who could lose his starting job and perhaps his roster spot. LB Darron Lee (illness) and S Rontez Miles (eye laceration) didn't participate in practice, which was just a walk through. RB Matt Forte (hamstring) was present and did light work on the side.

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Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Josh McCown has had only nine preseason game reps. Did he want to play on Saturday night? Did he need to play?

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Josh McCown said he wanted to play on Saturday night, but understood why the coaches wanted to start Christian Hackenberg.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles wouldn't say definitively that RB Matt Forte (hamstring) will be ready for Week 1.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he will make his final quarterback decision next Monday.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets players Darron Lee and Leonard Williams have been cleared by the NFL with regard to offseason incident at NYC concert. "Following a review, we concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that there was a violation of the personal conduct policy," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement to ESPN. Lee got into an argument with his girlfriend, according to coach Todd Bowles, and was forcibly removed from the altercation by Williams. The incident was caught on cell phone video and went viral.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets owner Woody Johnson will be sworn in as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom later today in a ceremony with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Through 15 practices and two games, this is the unofficial tally for the Jets' quarterbacks: Christian Hackenberg 365 snaps, Josh McCown 332 and Bryce Petty 227. All things considered, that's about as even as could be expected.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Checking out the Jets' snap counts from last night: The most noteworthy player is WR Charone Peake, who played only two of 59 offensive snaps. He saw his reps reduced last week in practice, as they used Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Chris Harper as their top three. Rookie Chad Hansen (33 snaps) led all WRs. Fellow rookie ArDarius Stewart had 17. Other rookies: S Jamal Adams and S Marcus Maye 37 apiece, TE Jordan Leggett 23, LB Dylan Donahue 23, WR Gabe Marks 19, RB Elijah McGuire 14 and CB Derrick Jones 8.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

So why did Jets coach Todd Bowles decide to sit Josh McCown? On Thursday, Bowles said McCown "will play" against the Lions. "He needs work." After tonight's game, Bowles said he and his staff decided McCown didn't need the work. "Josh has played in a million preseason games," Bowles said. Clearly, Bowles still was in audition/experimental mode. This really puts the pressure on McCown and the offense to get in sync next week against the Giants, assuming he rests his starters in the finale.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg on whether he's discouraged by his performance: "No, it's fine. It's all part of the process. You can't look at numbers or stats or anything like that, in my opinion. You have to look at what it was, go back to the tape, review it ... Overall, I think it was a good learning experience." (Courtesy: ESPN New York 98.7).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles isn't ready to end the quarterback competition. Asked if he's prepared to name Josh McCown the Week 1 starter, Bowles said, "Not at this point." Bowles cut Christian Hackenberg a lot of slack, saying the pass protection wasn't good. Bowles said this game "isn't a fair evaluation ... I don't think anyone would've had a chance when we're blocking like that."

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