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Jets Todd Bowles considering lineup changes

For the first time this season, Todd Bowles admitted he's considering lineup changes

For the past several weeks, as the Jets started stringing together one poor performance after another, head coach Todd Bowles was asked repeatedly if he was considering any changes to the starting lineup. 

Antonio Cromartie to the bench? DeMario DavisCalvin Pace? Should several veterans be replaced by younger players looking to gain experience?

The answer, at least for the past two weeks, has been a resounding "No." But speaking to the media one day after the team's embarrassing 24-17 defeat to the Houston Texans, it appears as if Bowles has had a change of heart. 

"Yes," Bowles said when asked of lineup changes. "There are always thoughts and we’ll go through the game plan tonight and tomorrow and we’ll see what fits and we’ll just try to make that decision as we go out on Wednesday if we do."

It seems as if the most likely change for the Jets could be coming on the defensive side of the ball with inside linebacker Demario Davis. For the majority of this season, Davis has been a liability for the Jets in coverage, but that's not the only thing that's hurt him. The linebacker has been missing an alarmingly high number of tackles. 

After playing nearly every snap for the Jets defense the first nine games of the season, Davis was subbed out several times as linebacker Erin Henderson got additional reps. Henderson, who just two years ago had 112 tackles and four sacks a member of the Minnesota Vikings, signed with the Jets this offseason after not playing last year. 

On Monday, Bowles was asked about Henderson receiving additional reps. 

"It could be," Bowles said. "David (Harris) and Demario (Davis) got banged up at certain points of the game so he’s the next guy in."

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More Jets Notes

  • There was little progress made on the injury front with banged-up Jets Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold. Bowles said Revis wasn't doing much better today than he was yesterday and is in the concussion protocol. Mangold had seven stitches to repair the laceration in his hand. While Revis will need to clear the protocol to return to the field, Bowles said Mangold's return will be based on pain tolerance. 
  • Aside from Mangold and Revis, there were no other injuries suffered against the Texans. As far as Sheldon Richardson, who didn't play against Houston, Bowles said he's optimistic he'll go this week.
  • Having released Quinton Coples earlier in the day, Bowles hinted at the team using the now open spot on the 53-man roster on a kick returner. When asked, Bowles said the team has an idea of what they'd like to do. When pressed on if that means adding a kick returner, Bowles wouldn't comment. 
  • Dee Milliner, who didn't play Sunday, was a healthy scratch. Bowles said it had to do with him missing time earlier in the week with an illness. 

 

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Connor Hughes is the New York Jets beat writer for The Journal Inquirer and Scout.com. He can be reached on Twitter (@Connor_J_Hughes), or via email (connor_j_hughes@yahoo.com)


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