Could the Jets Lose Todd Bowels to the Cardinals if Bruce Arians Steps Down?

There are “rumblings in league circles” that the Cardinals would have interest in current Jets head coach Todd Bowles if Bruce Arians opts for retirement according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Bowles was the defensive coordinator in Arizona under Arians for two seasons before landing the Jets job. Costello says Bowles was “extremely popular with ownership” in the desert, and they would be interested in bringing him back. That is unlikely to happen, however, as right now it looks like Jets ownership plans to keep Bowles for 2018. if the Cardinals choose to trade for their next head coach, Bill O’Brien of the Texans would make more sense as a target than Bowles.

Will The Jets Keep Hold of Coach Todd Bowles After 2017?

The time to decide Todd Bowles’ fate with the Jets is swiftly approaching. With just two games remaining in the 2017 season, acting owner Christopher Johnson must determine sooner rather than later if he believes Bowles is the right man to lead the team next season and beyond.

Bowles, though, is not interested in campaigning for himself, Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reports.

The coach, in the third year of a four-year contract, refused to answer multiple questions about his future with the organization Thursday in Florham Park.

When asked what he feels he proved to ownership this season by winning five games with a roster many thought was the worst in the NFL, Bowles said, “I’m not going to talk about my job.”

Later, Bowles was asked how badly he wants to return to the Jets, considering the strong bonds and connections he’s made with the players. He gave the same answer. “I’m not going to talk about my job,” he said.

The responses are understandable from Bowles, a humble man who rarely discusses his successes with reporters. But the Jets are mathematically out of the playoffs, and now would seem like a good time to talk publicly about the impressive job he’s done this season.

Bowles said “it’s not” hard to avoid thinking about his job security.

“Next game,” Bowles added. “It’s my livelihood to try and win the next game and that is what I go to work and practice for.”

Jets QB Christian Hackenberg Still “Exclusively” Working with Scout Team

In the best clue yet as to what his team actually thinks about him, Jets second-year second-round quarterback Christian Hackenberg is still “exclusively” working out with the scout team and is splitting reps with second-year UDFA Joel Stave according to Connor Hughes of NJ.com.

The Jets have already ruled out Hackenberg as a starting option in Week 16 or 17 (apparently he cannot beat out the immortal Bryce Petty) but remaining on the scout team makes it clear that he has not progressed at all in the two years he has been in the Jets offensive system.

The bottom line is that Hackenberg is simply not an NFL-caliber player-and nobody but the Jets ever thought he was when they shockingly made him the No.51-overall pick in the 2016. Consider that second-year QB Jacoby Brissett was starting for the Indianapolis Colts less than a week after being traded there. It seems pretty obvious that Hackenberg will not be on the Jets roster in 2018 and may be cut as early as the offseason.

Jets DL Muhammad Wilkerson Says He’s Earned His Huge Contract

By the end of this season, the Jets will have paid defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson $37 million over the past two years.

In return, they’ve received a chronically late under-performer who has repeatedly violated and disrespected the immense trust placed in him by the franchise.

Speaking for the first time since he was benched and left home for the Jets’ loss to the Saints in New Orleans this past weekend, Wilkerson refuted the notion that he failed to live up to the contract he signed before 2016, Daniel Popper of the New York Daily News reports.

“I feel like I’ve earned everything I’ve gotten,” said Wilkerson, who practiced fully Wednesday.

When asked if he feels like Jets fans should still trust him, Wilkerson said, “Next question.” The 28-year-old gave the same response when asked if he thinks he let the organization down.

Despite his transgressions, Wilkerson believes he’s a still a “leader” in the Jets locker room.

“I feel like I’m a leader because of the things I’ve done, you know, helping, you know, build this organization,” said Wilkerson, who the Jets drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft.

Wilkerson said he is “happy” being a part of the Jets, but “that’s up to the coaches and that’s up to the organization if I’m going to be here or not” after this season.

“I let the team down,” Wilkerson added. “I respect what coach did.”

Todd Bowles said he has not yet determined if Wilkerson will play Sunday when the Chargers come to East Rutherford.

“We’ll decide that at the end of the week like everybody else,” Bowles said.

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

ATLANTA FALCONS at NEW YORK JETS
ATLANTA FALCONS
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday LB Duke Riley (knee), LB Jordan Tripp (concussion)
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday RB Tevin Coleman (knee), LB Deion Jones (ankle), DE Courtney Upshaw (ankle)
NEW YORK JETS
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Jordan Leggett (knee), T Brandon Shell (neck), CB Buster Skrine (concussion), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder, foot)
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Robby Anderson (ankle)
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
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.