New York Teams

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.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Note: The Giants have a game tonight. Sticking to their normal plan. Nothing special for the solar eclipse.

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."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LIONS 16, JETS 6, final: Todd Bowles gave Christian Hackenberg a shot, and it didn't work out. Now the decision is clear: Josh McCown should be named the starter. Maybe Hackenberg couldn't have changed that, even f he played well. Now it's a no-brainer. Frankly, the bigger question is, who's the No. 2 quarterback? Bryce Petty did a decent job.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Backup Jets S Rontez Miles -- and a key special teamed -- has an eye laceration and is being evaluated for a concussion, per the Jets.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

For a guy who hasn't received many practice reps, QB Bryce Petty has done a decent job for the Jets. He brings a certain energy to the offense. Petty hasn't delivered in the red zone, but at least he's led a couple of FG drives. Perry's roster spot should be secure.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Rontez Miles is doubtful to return with an eye laceration and also being evaluated for a concussion.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

LIONS 13, JETS 0, halftime. It was a brutal half for the Jets' offense, which managed only two first downs and 43 total yards. QB Christian Hackenberg got the surprise start and he struggled in five possessions, completing only two of six passes for 14 yards. He didn't get much help from a shaky offensive line, but he showed his inexperience. Bryce Petty is expected to play the second half.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The best thing that can be said about Jets QB Christian Hackenberg: He's getting great experience tonight. His performance ... uh, that's another story. He's 1-for-5 for 17 yards, with two sacks. In 12 preseason possessions, he has yet to generate any points.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

A sneak preview for the Jets? Quite possibly. The Christian Hackenberg-led offense has gone three and out on its first three possessions -- no first downs. With no playmakers on the perimeter, the Jets are getting suffocated at the line of scrimmage. Get used to it.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

In a surprise, Christian Hackenberg is starting at quarterback for the Jets. He took a lot of first-team reps in practice on Thursday, but Todd Bowles said he didn't anticipate any lineup changes. Bowles told CBS TV before the kickoff that Josh McCown won't play tonight. What does this mean? It means Hackenberg has a great opportunity to state his case for the starting job.

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