Florham Park, NJ - The Jets are preparing to face a talented Seattle Seahawks team on Sunday, with a few injury concerns, a new tight end and a gameplan for stopping the Seahawks offense regardless of who is playing quarterback.
1) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is trying to tough it out with an MCL sprain (same injury that Brandon Marshall suffered two weeks ago) and Pete Carroll told Jets reporters today that Wilson was a full participant in practice today and if he does the same tomorrow without any setbacks then he will play on Sunday. If he can't play Trevone Boykin will take his place, but the Jets defense won't adjust their plan of attack much. NFL coaches always say, 'you gameplan for the system, not the quarterback,' and you do that even moreso when the backup quarterback plays a similar style. Which is of course exactly what Todd Bowles said when he was asked about that today.
"No, you prepare for the Seahawks. The backup can run just like Wilson can run, so they're almost the same guy," Bowles said. "Obviously, Wilson has the experience and everything like that, you just have to prepare the same way."
2) To say the Jets have struggled to get any production out of the tight end position the past 19 games is as much of an understatement as possible, don't expect that to take a complete 180 degree turn on Sunday but they certainly acquired a tight end with an awful lot of talent, even if that talent is still very raw. Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't participate in practice today since he just got here and reporters didn't get to see him today, he hadn't even talked to Bowles yet by the time of Bowles' press conference, buy reporters obviously had questions for Bowles about Seferian-Jenkins multi DUIs which lead to his release from the Buccaneers.
"He's a guy we looked at (considered trading for) in the summer that we had interest in," Bowles said. "He became available by unforeseen circumstances, so we figured we'd take a look at him."
Bowles said Seferian-Jenkins can play both in an H-back or as a traditional tight end, he's a "competent" blocker and said they will work to get him caught up to speed with the offense because he won't play until he's caught up. Bowles added that he doesn't have any reservations about taking a gamble on the talented tight end yet.
"I don't have any reservations yet because I haven't met him. As I get to know him, obviously, with the situations he's been in, he's going to sink or swim on his own," Bowles said. "We brought in the player. He has a chance to clean his act up, and we'll see what happens."
3) Injuries continue to pile up for the Jets as new names join this week's injury report. Darrelle Revis suffered an ankle injury in practice, but Bowles said there's "not much" concern about it, Lawrence Thomas and Jalin Marshall both have shoulder injuries (torn labrum so for both and both "will be out a couple of weeks," Eric Decker reaggravated his shoulder injury and Matt Forte and Ryan Clady were both limited. Clady also has a shoulder injury, Forte missed with a knee injury but Bowles said it's really just a scheduled rest day for him and we can expect him to be listed every Wednesday.
With the injury to Jalin Marshall the Jets will need someone else to handle return duties and Bowles said they have options they're considering in-house.
"We have a couple (of in-house options). Obviously Brandon's (Marshall) back there," Bowles said. "Marcus Williams is back there. Troymaine (Pope) is back there. We have a few people taking reps at it. We'll make a decision on Friday."
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