Muhammad Wilkerson Having Issues Showing Up on Time

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson “has regularly shown up late to team’s morning meetings” this season according to Connor Hughes of NJ Advance Media.

And sometimes he does not show up at all. Wilkerson was handed a five-year, $86 million deal in July 2016, and he has since responded with a dreadful 2016 and up-and-down 2017 after previously being one of the best players at his position. Injuries have played a part but the Jets have to be wondering if he has simply mailed in his performance since landing the big payday. The coaching staff benched him for the first quarter of the Week 13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs and he has been fined repeatedly for tardiness.

Now 28 years old, Wilkerson’s 2018 salary of $16.75 million doesn’t become guaranteed until the third day of the new league year in March. If the Jets cut Wilkerson before that guarantee kicks in, they would create $11 million in salary cap space, though they’d have to eat $9 million in dead money next season. Wilkerson’s cap hit if he remains with the Jets in 2018 would be $20 million.

Falcons at Jets Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Duke Riley (knee), LB Jordan Tripp (concussion)
Wednesday RB Tevin Coleman (knee), LB Deion Jones (ankle), DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Jordan Leggett (knee), T Brandon Shell (neck), CB Buster Skrine (concussion), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, foot)
Wednesday WR Robby Anderson (ankle)
Wednesday T Kelvin Beachum (knee), G James Carpenter (shoulder), CB Morris Claiborne (ankle), DE Kony Ealy (shoulder), RB Matt Forte (knee), S Marcus Maye (back), QB Josh McCown (back), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), DE Leonard Williams (wrist), G Brian Winters (abdomen)

History Shows Jets Have Good Shot Of Covering 8-Point Spread Sunday

The 2017 Jets could determine the direction of the entire franchise over the next decade or so – by losing as much as possible. It’s well known that the potential quarterback class in the 2018 draft could be loaded with the likes of USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen and UCLA’s Josh Rosen, among others. Rosen put on a quite a show in the Bruins’ opener vs. Texas A&M, leading a rally from down 44-10 in the third quarter for a 45-44 victory.

It should be noted that all three of those quarterbacks have eligibility beyond 2017, so they could decide to return to school – that’s not likely, though. While the word “tanking” has been bandied about regarding the Jets this year, the players won’t hear anything of it. NFL careers are very short, so players are going all out in an effort to stay on the team and make a living. The NFL isn’t like MLB where some scrub backup catcher has a five-year guaranteed contract worth millions of dollars.

For New York’s win total this season, Youwager offers odds, so review them first. We have, and the Jets are at 4.5 – with the under a sizable favorite. If the Jets win at least four games, they probably won’t be picking No. 1 overall next April. They are 8-point favorites for Week 1 at AFC East rival Buffalo. New York has won just three of its past 20 games as at least an 8-point underdog. Those were:

*-Oct. 7, 2013: 30-28 at Atlanta. New York was a 10-point underdog on a Monday night at the Georgia Dome. Geno Smith looked like an NFL quarterback for one night, completing 16 of 20 for 199 yards, three scores and no interceptions. Nick Folk hit the winning 43-yard field goal on the final play,

*-Nov. 18, 2007: 19-16 in OT vs. Pittsburgh. Jets were +9 but Mike Nugent’s 38-yard field goal 5:03 into the extra session ended New York’s six-game losing streak at the time. Running back Thomas Jones had a big game with 30 carries for 117 yards. It was the first NFL win for QB Kellen Clemens.

*-Nov. 12, 2006: 17-14 at New England as a 10.5-point underdog. Chad Pennington threw for 168 yards and a score. It ended the Patriots’ 57-game streak without consecutive losses.

So while the Jets aren’t likely to win in Buffalo at that number, they have covered 12 of their past 20 as at least an 8-point underdog when reviewing Youwager’s odds history. That includes one game last year, a 22-17 home loss to the Patriots. New York has been at least an 8-point dog in Buffalo just five times on record and is 2-3 ATS in them. It last happened in 1996.

Under new coach Sean McDermott, the former Carolina defensive coordinator, the Bills are in somewhat of a rebuilding mode as well after trading No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams and top cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles in August. Tyrod Taylor remains Buffalo’s starting QB, but he’s not the future there. The coaching staff is high on fifth-round rookie Nathan Peterman from the University of Pittsburgh. He completed 54 percent of his passes in the preseason for a 75.6 quarterback rating. Taylor suffered a concussion in an Aug. 26 preseason loss to Baltimore but is expected to play.

Buffalo was swept by the Jets last year. Matt Forte had the game of his brief Jets career in a Week 2 37-31 victory in Orchard Park with 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 30 carries. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, now both elsewhere, each had at least 100 yards receiving. That was the Jets’ highest-scoring game of the year. In Week 17 at MetLife Stadium, the Jets won 30-10 against Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn, now the Chargers’ head coach. Taylor sat that one out for Buffalo. Bilal Powell rushed for 122 yards.

Jets Move Safety Ronald Martin to the Colts for Long Snapper Thomas Hennessy

The Jets on Monday traded safety Ronald Martin (a roster bubble guy) to the Colts in exchange for long snapper Thomas Hennessy, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Could this signal the end of long snapper Tanner Purdum’s Jets career? Or perhaps the Jets just want to keep Purdum healthy, and sit him during Thursday’s preseason finale against the Eagles. It’s more likely, though, that Hennessy is some last-minute competition for Purdum.

Purdum, 33, has been with the Jets since 2010. He is their longest-tenured player, having spent seven seasons with the organization. But this team is in get-younger, rebuild mode.

Hennessy signed with the Colts as an undrafted rookie out of Duke this year. He was Ross Martin’s long snapper at Duke from 2013-15. Martin is now competing with Chandler Catanzaro for the Jets’ kicking job. Martin has never kicked in an NFL regular season game, but he has given Catanzaro a run for his money in training camp and preseason games this year.

Jets Coach to State Who Starts Week One Against the Bills on Monday

Jets coach Todd Bowles expects to reveal which of his quarterbacks will start against the Bills in Week 1 of the regular season on Monday, Barbara Barker of Newsday reports.

Though almost every observer seems convinced that Bowles is going to hand the job to Josh McCown, the coach and offensive coordinator John Morton have insisted that Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty have a legitimate shot at being the starter.

“I have my own thoughts, but it’s a coaching decision and we’ll discuss it after [Saturday’s game against the Giants] and come up with our starter,” Bowles told reporters Monday after a walk-through practice. “We’ll do it [next] Monday after watching the film.”

McCown, 38, has received the majority of the first-team reps throughout training camp. Even though Bowles had said he needed some work, he did not play in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Lions.

Video: CBS Sports – Will the Jets go 0-16?

Nick Kostos, Brady Quinn, and D.J. Williams break down if the Jets will go 0-16.

The Feud Continues Between Jets DL Sheldon Richardson and Former Teammate Brandon Marshall

Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson re-ignited his personal feud with former teammate Brandon Marshall, likening his behavior to a drama queen’s and accusing Marshall of quitting on the team last season, Rich Cimini of reports.

“That man knows what he did to the locker room,” Richardson said Monday on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7. “I was the one who addressed it and I would still address it to this day. If he can’t come out (in the) media and tell ’em what he did and how he actually quit on his team way before the season over, that’s all in itself.”

Richardson and Marshall nearly came to blows in the locker room after a Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Their tense relationship became the focal point in the team’s widely publicized locker-room issues.

Marshall requested his release in March and signed with the New York Giants, later saying in a radio interview he didn’t want to stay with the Jets because he felt they have no chance to win in 2017.

“That whole situation was sticky because we were losing and then you’re doing little things that are drama queen-ish and he’s dogging out this guy and that guy,” Richardson said of Marshall. “It’s everybody’s fault except for his. … No one wanted to say something to him. Then I say something to him, the criminal, the bad guy, and the media just ran with it.”

Jets Place CB Corey White on IR with Back Injury

The Jets put cornerback Corey White on injured reserve Friday according to Eric Allen of

White hurt his back on the first day of training camp. The 27-year-old signed with the Jets in May after spending the 2016 season with the Buffalo Bills.

He started four games for the Bills and matched his career-best with two interceptions. White was originally a fifth-round pick by the New Orleans Saints out of Samford in 2012. The Jets were counting on White to add veteran depth in their secondary.