New York Teams

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the Jets' No. 2 QB for at least "a couple of weeks," per Todd Bowles. He said there's no plan to play rookie Christian Hackenberg. "Not unless Bryce (Petty) gets hurt," Bowles said. "I do not see him getting any playing time." He said it would be "a disservice to the kid" because Hackenberg hasn't had any practice reps other than scout team. Bowles didn't rule out the possibility of Hackenberg dressing for a game late in the year.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets botched their QB change last night. Coach Todd Bowles admitted he never directly informed Ryan Fitzpatrick he was demoted. He said Fitzpatrick heard it from assistant coaches after the game. That's poor form. "I'd been meaning to tell him and I got tied up with a few things," Bowles said. Fitzpatrick appeared blindsided in his post-game presser. Asked if he could've handled it differently, Bowles said, "I probably could've and he tried to cover for me. Like I said, I had a lot on my mind and got some things off my chest." Meaning he was ripping the team in the locker room. Bowles said he will meet with Fitzpatrick tomorrow morning.

NFL 

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles, who questioned the team's effort last night, changed his tune. He said the effort was better than he initially thought, but he said they made too many "boneheaded mistakes." Asked if he still has control of the locker room, Bowles said, "I don't believe I ever lost it." What makes him think that? "We had a bad game. We had a terrible game. That's without question. (The fans) have a right to think that, but I know what we have in this locker room and I know what we have in this building. So I'm OK with that."

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets' payout for reaching the postseason (and getting eliminated in a wild-card game) is $17,951.65 per share. The Mets awarded 51 full shares to players and other personnel, 12.75 partial shares and made five other cash awards. The champion Cubs earned $368,871.59 per share.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets coach Todd Bowles said today he decided two or three weeks ago to start Bryce Petty for the final four games. For weeks, he stuck with Ryan Fitzpatrick because he felt Fitzpatrick gave them the best chance to win. And now? "Just trying to win and just trying to see what I have at quarterback with Bryce," he said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee will be available tonight against the Miami Heat after missing the past two games with an ankle injury, the Knicks say. With Lee back, Jeff Hornacek may have to juggle minutes between Lance Thomas and Justin Holliday in the Knicks' second unit. That's probably a good problem for Hornacek to have against an injury-depleted Heat team.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman calls the Red Sox "the Golden State Warriors of baseball" after Chris Sale trade.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

One motivation for having Zack Wheeler begin 2017 in the bullpen is to shave innings early in the year. While there's no established innings cap as of yet, Sandy Alderson threw out 140-150 innings as potentially being appropriate for Wheeler next season after the right-hander missed two full years recovering from Tommy John surgery.

ESPN Stats & Information

Jets take serious tumble in FPI

Gang Green slipped just one spot overall, but only the Dolphins equaled the Jets' decline in FPI rating (minus-1.7) this week. New York also dropped three spots on offense and one on defense. Full FPI rankings

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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Full video of Sandy Alderson saying he foresees Tim Tebow in minor league camp.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants signed DE Jordan Williams to the practice squad. He's spent time with the Dolphins and Jets.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski and manager John Farrell talk about the Chris Sale trade.

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Sandy Alderson says talks regarding trading an outfielder have been slow (1:32)
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Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson says talks regarding trading an outfielder have been slow, but the deliberate pace is baseball-wide -- on free agency and trades -- and not limited to the Mets.

ESPN Stats & Information

Giants hold steady overall in FPI

FPI didn't see the Giants as a top-10 team before Sunday's loss, so Big Blue stayed put at 18th overall. That said, the Giants fell in both offensive (three spots) and defensive (two spots) efficiency. Full FPI rankings

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Although no official decision has been made, Sandy Alderson foresees Tim Tebow being assigned to minor league camp during spring training and occasionally being involved in a Grapefruit League game. Tebow then would be assigned to a full-season minor-league team in April. Terry Collins said he would welcome Tebow in major league camp, for the record.

Jordan Raanan ESPN Staff Writer 

Victor Cruz said he met with Ben McAdoo today and says they're '100 percent' on the same page. He expects to get more targets than the zero last week.

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Collins wants Tebow to visit Mets camp in spring (0:35)
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Week 14 Preview, Fantasy Play & Pick'em

Cowboys NFL Nation reporter Todd Archer and Giants NFL Nation reporter Jordan Raanan preview the Week 14 matchup, discuss their top potential fantasy play and make their game predictions.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Word at the winter meetings is that Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal with a $5.5 million to $6 million salary annually. That's going to be beyond the Mets' appetite. The Mets may not bring in any relievers via free agency until January.

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Damien Woody attends therapy over the Jets (2:02)

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