After a one-week hiatus, the mailbag is back. Your questions on the New York Jets:

@RichCimini: I don't think they'll end up with the No. 1 pick -- hello, Oakland Raiders -- but the Jets certainly could be in the top 5. The obvious needs are quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback. If you're picking that high and you don't have a franchise quarterback, it has to be on the radar. The prize, of course, is Marcus Mariota, who currently holds the No. 1 spot on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board. The big pre-draft story will be Jameis Winston, assuming he turns pro. So talented, yet so many concerns. I can see it now: You'll be reading a lot of Jets-Jameis speculation in the spring. If they can't secure a top quarterback, the Jets need speed -- a stud playmaker on the offensive or defensive perimeter. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper is a name to watch.

@RichCimini: It's a great question, Henry. The very nature of Percy Harvin's role (the Seattle version) requires you to feed him the ball, meaning it takes a concerted effort -- dialing up screens and running plays designed for him. In Seattle, he didn't get the ball in the natural flow of the offense as a conventional wide receiver. The Jets believe they can take him out of the slot and make him a downfield threat. We'll see. I'm skeptical. Chances are, it will be a balancing act. The Jets want to get him enough touches, but they also don't want to forget about everyone else. You know what I have to say about that? Change might be good. It's not like they'd be disrupting the "Greatest Show on Turf."

@RichCimini: I wouldn't call Chris Johnson a bust. I think "disappointment" is a better way to put it. He's averaging a respectable 4.1 yards per rush (29th), but there haven't been many splash plays. He had the 35-yard touchdown run, and that's about it. I thought he'd be a bigger factor as a receiver and better in space, but that hasn't materialized. Part of it could be the way they're using him, mostly on inside runs. I'm sure he's still learning the nuances of the Jets' system, but the lighting speed that made him a household name in Tennessee hasn't been there. For 2015, they need to acquire a speed back to pair with Ivory. Powell is set to become a free agent.

@RichCimini: The Jets apparently don't share your opinion, and I agree with them. I don't see Jeremy Kerley, he of the four-year, $14 million contract extension, as an outside receiver. In fact, 15 of his 22 receptions have come from the slot, per ESPN Stats & Information. He has run 39 routes as an outside receiver, with seven catches, but many of those are quick screens. I think his best spot is in the slot.

@RichCimini: You're right, the Buffalo Bills are very good against the run. They also rush the passer. The best way to neutralize a good pass rush is with screen passes or quick throws to the wideouts -- you know, get the ball in the hands of a playmaker outside the box. Gee, I wonder if the Jets have a guy like that. Who could play that role? Hmm. 
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said WR Eric Decker and LB David Harris, although limited in Friday’s walk-through, will be able to play when the Jet face the Bills this Sunday. WR Greg Salas and LB Trevor Reilly, also limited, are questionable for the game and Ryan again expressed doubts they would play.

To the injury report:

Questionable: LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist).
Probable: T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (foot), CB Darrin Walls (knee).

Out: RB Fred Jackson (groin), LB Ty Powell (ankle).
Doubtful: WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring).
Questionable: WR Marcus Easley (knee), S Aaron Williams (neck).
Probable: CB Ron Brooks (groin), LB Brandon Spikes (ribs), WR Sammy Watkins (groin), DE Mario Williams (thumb)

Percy Harvin: 'Up to the challenge'

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New Jets wide receiver Percy Harvin spent his last few minutes in the locker room Friday talking with teammates Michael Vick and Chris Johnson. It was a light moment -- Johnson yelled after Harvin until he was cracking up with laughter -- and one that was in stark contrast to reports that he was central to Seattle's internal discord.

"Whatever they say happened in the Seahawks' locker room, it's all in the past," Harvin said.

He stood in front of his locker and said he hadn't read all the reports focusing on his former team, and he didn't address why he got traded from the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks to the Jets.

"I really put it all behind me once I got here," Harvin said. "What people are saying right now, it doesn't mean much to me. My teammates have embraced me, my brothers here, so I'm looking more forward. I'm looking forward to my time here as a New York Jet."

Harvin's locker is next to former Seahawks teammate Breno Giacomini, who said he doesn't recognize the Harvin in those reports as the one he played alongside in Seattle.

"No, never," Giacomini said. "And we were together [last season] quite a bit. I was hurt, he was hurt. His locker was in my corner. From what I saw, he's always been a good teammate.

"But there are, what, 63 guys in the locker room? We see each other all day more than we see our families and all that. Put a group of boys together and see what happens. It happens all the time. But I think the media is blowing it up to be something that it's not."

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Week 8 Predictions: Jets vs. Bills

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24

Prediction: Jets will beat Bills

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24
This is a law-of-averages pick.

The New York Jets have lost six straight, including four games by one score (eight points or less) -- the most such losses in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. They have to win a game at some point (don't they?), and this might be their best chance, facing a team they usually dominate at home. They've won five of the last six meetings at home over the Buffalo Bills

This will be an ugly, low-scoring game, dominated by two terrific defensive lines. In the end, it'll be decided by a turnover. For a change, it'll be the other quarterback, not Geno Smith, making the big mistake. The concern is whether the Jets, coming off a kick-in-the-gut loss to the New England Patriots, have enough fight left. The sight of the Bills, plus the arrival of Percy Harvin, will stir their emotions for a long-overdue win.

Accountability check: My record is 6-1.

Prediction: Jets 20, Bills 16
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Is New York Jets general manager John Idzik feeling the heat? Normally, he pops out for a practice or so per week. But since taking criticism for a thin roster and adding pricey wide receiver Percy Harvin, Idzik has been on the sideline each day this week during the portion of practice open to the media.

On Friday, he spent that time alongside coach Rex Ryan, no doubt watching Harvin during the walk-through. Harvin had a few nice catches during the session.

The Jets had all players on the field for the second straight day, including linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee) and wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist, ankle), who Ryan said were unlikely to play Sunday against the Bills because of their injuries.

A few players spent time with trainers before joining their position groups, including offensive lineman Willie Colon (knee), wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) and running back Chris Johnson (ankle). Tight end Jeff Cumberland, running back Chris Ivory and linebacker Jason Babin also spent some time with the trainers, although they weren't listed on the injury report Thursday.

Reilly has shaved his head hoping it would break the Jets' six-game losing streak. It's something of a superstition he has had going back to his college days at Utah, he said.

If the Jets win, he'll look dedicated. In the meantime, he looks ... bald.

Bills vs. Jets preview

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24
Since taking over the New York Jets in 2009, Rex Ryan is 7-3 against the Buffalo Bills -- the only team in the AFC East he can beat on a fairly consistent basis. Now Ryan and the Jets could be on the verge of losing that.

The Jets (1-6), losers of six straight, are heading nowhere. The Bills (4-3), in their second season under Doug Marrone, still have a chance to make something of their season. They meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini and ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak discuss the matchup:

Cimini: Let's start with the quarterbacks. The Kyle Orton-for-EJ Manuel switch has worked out well. Why is that? What does it mean for Manuel's future? It's interesting because the Jets have a similar dynamic with Geno Smith and Michael Vick, yet they decided to ride it out with Smith.

Rodak: I'm not sure if the change has been night and day, but in general, Orton has shown a greater willingness to sling some passes where Manuel may have been more tentative.

Through the first four games, Manuel had a QBR of 19.8, a completion rate of 58 percent and 6.4 yards per attempt. In his three starts, Orton has a QBR of 40.7, a completion rate of 68.5 percent and 7.2 yards per attempt. Orton hasn't played mistake-free football, with an interception in each of his three games, including a pick-six. But unless those mistakes multiply, don't expect Manuel back in the lineup anytime soon. Orton gives the Bills the best shot at the playoffs. If Orton leads the Bills to the postseason, he is likely their full-time starter going forward. If he doesn't, perhaps Manuel gets another shot, but it's no guarantee it's under the current coaching staff.

Why have the Jets decided to ride it out with Smith? What happened to the quarterback who lit up the Bills for a career-high 331 yards at MetLife last September?

Cimini: That quarterback is like a telephone bill; he shows up once a month. Smith is sometimes solid, rarely spectacular and often mistake-prone. Now I will say this: He is coming off his best game of the year, a no-turnover performance in last week's crushing loss to the New England Patriots. Smith is at his best when he uses his legs to get out of trouble, and he ran seven times for 37 yards in the game. The question is, can he sustain it? Unlike the Bills, the Jets decided to endure the weekly growing pains instead of turning to the veteran backup. Two explanations: They are really down on Vick, or they made a predetermination to devote the entire season to Smith's development. Either way, it doesn't cast the organization in a positive light.

With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson injured, who's left at running back, Mike? Can Thurman Thomas still play?

Rodak: Well, Thomas has been out at practice a few times this season and still looks the part. Maybe, with one more injury, he'll get his call. Until then, the Bills are going to roll with Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown in the backfield. When you consider some of the other backup situations around the league, it could be a lot worse. They are both experienced backs who were somewhat phased out of their former teams' offenses. I get the sense both have a chip on their shoulder. Marrone said Wednesday that he wasn't "as concerned about that situation" as some may think. In truth, while Spiller was injured on a 53-yard run, he was one of the NFL's worst running backs from a statistical standpoint over the past month.

I guess the big story in New York is Percy Harvin. How much of a role will he have in this game?

Cimini: The Jets haven't revealed too much, as you'd expect, but I expect him to play a good chunk of the snaps on offense. Will he play 50-plus snaps? I doubt it, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's out there for 20 or 30. They will have a Percy package that will include his signature plays -- jet sweeps, bubble screens, etc. -- but I also think they will give him an opportunity to be a conventional wide receiver. This much we do know: He will return kickoffs and, possibly, punts. Harvin's arrival definitely adds intrigue to the season. Now we'll see if he's worth the hype. My gut tells me he won't make a significant impact. It's hard to integrate a new receiver into the offense without having had the benefit of training camp.

Speaking of fast receivers, Sammy Watkins is coming off his best game. Give us your take on his progression, Mike. Do the Bills have any second thoughts about making the trade for him?

Rodak: Watkins has shown few, if any, limitations that you might expect from a rookie. He had a few quieter games, but generally he has been one of the best players on the field each week. That's what the Bills expected -- a player who can step in right away and perform -- and that's what they're getting. Still, I think time will tell if trading up for him was the right move. The Bills consider him a "generational" talent, but it's debatable whether it was worth giving up two first-round picks for a nonquarterback. The Falcons, who gave up the house to grab Julio Jones, are one example of a team that may have benefited from saving their draft choices and building across the roster.

In particular, the Bills could be hurting next spring when they don't have a first-round pick to use on a quarterback. That's the underlying problem with the Bills' trade; Watkins can be a perennial 1,000-yard receiver, but if the rest of the offense isn't up to snuff, what good does he do you? Consider that Watkins is on pace for 990 yards this season but the Bills still rank near the bottom of the NFL in most offensive categories.

What has happened to the Jets' defense? They ranked 13th in third-down defense last season; they rank 27th this year. They were fourth-best in the red zone in 2013 and are fifth-worst this season. What's to blame for the drop?

Cimini: Oh, man, I could ramble for a long time on this topic. First, let me throw out a couple of other numbers: The defense has allowed a league-high 11 touchdowns on third down and generated only three takeaways -- and one of those was a gift, a botched snap.

What makes the swoon so puzzling is that the Jets are one of the better pass-rushing teams in the league (20 sacks), which should be the foundation to a strong defense -- in theory. The problem is they have no playmakers in the back seven/eight. Their linebackers and defensive backs have combined for one interception and two forced fumbles. The cornerback play is pedestrian. They have been undermined by injuries (Dee Milliner), defections (Dimitri Patterson) and poor personnel decisions. It's so bad that Ryan has resorted to playing more zone coverage than ever before. Somehow the Jets are ranked ninth in total defense, but don't let that fool you. This isn't a top-10 defense.

Rex Ryan tweaks Tom Brady for his flop

October, 23, 2014
Oct 23
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- That Tom Brady, he's some actor.

Rex Ryan called out the New England Patriots' quarterback for a flop in last week's game, an attempt by Brady to draw a penalty flag. It happened after an overthrow by the New York Jets' sideline. Linebacker Antwan Barnes gave Brady a shove out of bounds, and that didn't sit well with Patriots' guard Jordan Devey, who pushed Barnes to the ground and was penalized 15 yards.

Amid the chaos, defensive end Leger Douzable made incidental contact with Brady, who paused a moment or two and fell down. You see better acting in a fourth-grade school play.

The sequence came up Thursday in Ryan's news conference, and he couldn't resist a jab at his longtime nemesis.

"Brady was really shoved hard," Ryan said sarcastically. "He was standing right in front of me, too. I was like, 'Really?' Like, come on. That's Bill Laimbeer right there, you know? But, yeah, I couldn't believe the way they attacked our player."

Barnes wasn't shoved that hard, but he, too, embellished it with a dramatic fall. But it was nothing compared to Brady's flop.

Breakdown of Jeremy Kerley's new contract

October, 23, 2014
Oct 23
On Tuesday, wide receiver Jeremy Kerley signed a four-year contract extension with the New York Jets. The initial reports said the deal was valued at $16 million, but it's actually $14 million in new money, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It includes a $3 million signing bonus; $3.84 million is fully guaranteed at the time of signing.

Here's a breakdown:

2014: Remaining base salary from previous contract ($841,000) is now guaranteed. Cap charge: $2.08 million.

2015: A $2 million base salary ($1 million guaranteed for injury only at the time of signing; it becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year. Cap charge: $2.6 million.

2016: A $2.5 million base salary. Cap charge: $3.1 million.

2017: A $3.0 million base salary. Cap charge: $3.6 million.

2018: A $3.5 million base salary. Cap charge: $4.1 million.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets hope to unleash Percy Harvin in a way the league hasn't seen in a few years.

"Does he have the ability to be more than a gadget guy? Absolutely," receivers coach Sanjay Lal said Thursday.

Harvin's previous employer, the Seattle Seahawks, used him as ... well, a gadget guy -- feeding him the ball mainly on short passes and speed sweeps. His down-the-field opportunities were way down, compared to early in his career with the Minnesota Vikings (2009-2012). Harvin got frustrated with his role in Seattle, probably factoring into the team's decision to trade him to the Jets.

The Jets haven't revealed too much about their specific plans for Harvin, who makes his debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, but they clearly don't want to stereotype him as a situational player. They see him as a conventional receiver who can run intermediate and deep routes.

"I don't see why he can't do whatever he puts his mind to," Lal said. "As far as him, ability-wise, I don't see why he couldn't eventually do all of that. ... His natural ability is off the charts. I think the sky's the limit with what this guy can do."

Do the Jets know something the Seahawks didn't? That's unlikely. When it comes to deployment of personnel, teams don't make arbitrary decisions. For instance: The Jets love Chris Ivory as a runner, but they don't play him on third down because he's not a smooth receiver. Looking at Harvin, it's interesting to note how his role as a down-the-field target has diminished over the years.

Check out how his air yards per target have declined over his career, per ESPN Stats & Information:

2014 -- 3.08

2013 -- Injured; played only one game

2012 -- 4.13

2011 -- 5.68

2010 -- 8.94

2009 -- 9.49

Don't expect to see a full arsenal of Harvin plays in his first game. He's learning the Jets' offense on the fly, and they want to be careful not to give him too much. He won't play to his speed if he's thinking too much.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was laughably evasive when fielding questions about Harvin's potential role. In fact, he used the phrase "we'll see" nine times.

"We're going to do what we do and try to integrate him just a little bit there," said Mornhinweg, making Bill Belichick seem like a loose cannon. "We'll see what happens."

Jets make plan for Bills' defensive front

October, 23, 2014
Oct 23
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Oday Aboushi is in his second week as the Jets' starting left guard, and his assignment this week at MetLife Stadium is a formidable Bills defensive front, a group that leads the league in sacks.

“I think they all just play with great effort,” Aboushi said. “I know a lot of their players are coming on for them. It’ll be a good challenge for us.”

That will certainly be true. The 1-6 Jets haven’t won a game since beating the Raiders in the first week of the season. The 4-3 Bills will try to extend that with their defensive front of Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes.

“Bills’ front is one of the stoutest in the league, so we know that’s going to be a challenge,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “But it’s not like we’re not going to give it a shot; we’re certainly going to give it a shot. We recognize who we’re up against, but it’s not like we’re just going to make it pass [skeleton]. We’re going to try to run the football and I think we will run the football.”

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AP Photo/Gary WiepertJerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills' defense could present trouble for the Jets' offensive line.
The Jets have had some good running games with running backs Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Bilal Powell, but they’ve also struggled at times. Against the Broncos, the Jets only had 31 total rushing yards. Ivory leads the Jets with 432 yards on 88 carries this season and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Chris Johnson has 261 yards on 64 carries for 4.1 yards a carry.

Johnson said there is a formula to success on Sunday.

“Stay on our assignments and get some hands on those guys and if we can do that, we should be all right,” Johnson said.

The Jets are sixth in the league in rushing yards per game. But still, how easy is it to get Mario Williams out of the way?

“I can’t get him out of my way,” Johnson said with a laugh. “The offensive line has to do that.”

Johnson has faced the Bills before with the Tennessee Titans.

“They always had a good defensive line, always had a fast group,” Johnson said. “This is not a game where we just hand off and we break 10-, 15-, 20-yard runs every time we touch the ball. It’s going to be a grind.”

Creating those gaps will be a challenge for Aboushi, who is learning on the job as he continues to start for the injured Brian Winters. Fellow offensive lineman D’Brickashaw Ferguson says it’s the only way to get used to the game.

“Everybody starts in a different way, but when you get in there, that’s how you begin to learn,” Ferguson said. “You learn by doing. Whether it’s the beginning of the season, the middle of the season, it doesn’t matter. When you get in there, that’s when you realize what it is to play in this league.”
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Hard-hitting safety Calvin Pryor -- a.k.a. the Louisville Slugger -- got blindsided Thursday by his own coach.

Giving a seven-game assessment of Pryor's rookie season, Rex Ryan offered an honest and accurate evaluation of the first-round pick, saying, "He hasn't had the impact necessarily that all of us had expected."

Pryor, in a full-time role, has made no big plays for the New York Jets, fueling the perception that he's falling short of expectations. Two factors have contributed to that, one of which was quickly noted by Ryan.

For a variety of reasons, Pryor has played out of position as a deep-middle safety -- a free safety, if you will. He did that early in his college career at Louisville, but he built his reputation near the line of scrimmage, delivering blow-up hits. The Jets fell in love with him because of his aggressive and fearless style.

Ryan being Ryan, he raised the bar (and the pressure) on Pryor by making a far-fetched comparison. A few days after the draft, he said, "He reminds me of Jack Tatum -- an enforcer back there."

Talk about turning up the heat.

Tatum, notorious for his paralyzing wide receiver Darryl Stingley with a vicious hit, was known in the 1970s as "The Assassin." In fact, he wrote a book, entitled, "They Call me Assassin." He was one of the most feared tacklers in NFL history.

Pryor hasn't made an impact -- no interceptions, no forced fumbles, one tackle-for-loss and a half-sack. Ryan attributed the lack of production to the defensive scheme, suggesting Pryor has been victimized by an in-season adjustment. Because of injuries and personnel issues at cornerback, and because of the number of top quarterbacks they've faced, the Jets have played more zone than usual. The grand design was to use Pryor in the box, letting him attack the line of scrimmage, but that hasn't materialized.

"It hasn't gone according to plan, so to speak," Ryan said.

Of course, there's nothing stopping Pryor from making plays in the deep middle. After all, when you're the 18th overall pick, you're expected to be more than a one-dimensional safety. But pass coverage isn't his strength. During the draft process, scouts questioned that aspect of his game.

Pryor said he never expected to play this much free safety, admitting, "It can be frustrating and disappointing at times." But he also acknowledged that he has to play better.

"There have been a lot of moving parts on the back end, but he's definitely right," Pryor said of Ryan. "I look at myself in the mirror and I know I have to step it up."

Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman agreed with Ryan's assessment but defended the rookie, saying he hasn't had many opportunities to make plays. Coincidentally, he mentioned Tatum.

"You guys think he's the second coming of Jack Tatum," said Thurman, apparently not aware that Ryan started the comparison several months ago. "Go find a tape of Jack Tatum's rookie year. I promise you, he was dealing with the same issues playing the deep middle. You don't get a lot of opportunities to get blow-up hits playing the middle."

As rookie with the Oakland Raiders, back in 1971, Tatum had four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Jets' cost of acquiring Percy Harvin

October, 23, 2014
Oct 23

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets' novel two-day gag order on controversial, newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin doesn't end 'til Friday, which has prevented Harvin from better explaining his alleged gripes about the Seattle Seahawks not fulfilling his wish to be more of a downfield receiving threat, same as the Minnesota Vikings failed to do for him before that, punching his ticket out of town.

But apparently nobody in general manager John Idzik's bunker at One Jets Drive was policing former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. He turned up on the team's own website Thursday for his weekly video spot, questioning if Harvin puts enough work into his "craft" -- "He could learn a lot from Eric Decker," Pennington said -- and suggested Harvin's past combativeness with teammates could hurt second-year quarterback Geno Smith rather than help him.

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Jets' Antonio Allen on 'roller coaster'

October, 23, 2014
Oct 23
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Antonio Allen has played safety, cornerback and nickel this season as the New York Jets try to account for a dwindling number of defensive backs, and he has done so with a mixed amount of success.

Last week against the Patriots, Allen allowed two touchdowns, including one on third-and-19. It was a rough game for Allen, who played in 75 percent of the Jets’ defensive snaps that game.

"It’s been a roller coaster," Allen said Thursday, "but I’m always up for the challenge and looking for ways to better myself."

Coach Rex Ryan pointed out that Allen has had a difficult role to play. Starting cornerback Dee Milliner suffered a season-ending Achilles injury against Denver, and rookie Dexter McDougle was out with a knee injury before the season even started.

"It's kind of tough, especially when you have an injury and you're trying to make in-game adjustments. It's kind of difficult," Ryan said of the situation at cornerback. "But we've placed a lot on (Allen) and I think overall he's done pretty well. Everybody has some moments that they wish they had back, there were a couple of things, probably he could have played better, we could've played better, everybody across the board. But I'm happy he's on our team and he's playing well."

Allen has played all over the secondary this season. He said he knows the entire defensive playbook, but joked that he hasn't been asked to play on the defensive line.

"D-Line's doing a good job, so I [don't] think they're going to have me in that spot," Allen said. "But you never know, I might get in the nine technique."

Dawan Landry and rookie Calvin Pryor are the starting safeties, and Ryan said Pryor hasn't been quite what the team hoped for in his first year, so they have had to alter the defense a bit to compensate. This week, they have the Bills and rookie wide receiver Sammy Watkins to contend with.

"It's going to be a tough challenge," Allen said. "Every week is going to be tough because we haven't been playing up to par. But hopefully we can come out this weekend and show up a little bit."
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Linebacker Trevor Reilly (knee) and wide receiver Greg Salas (wrist, ankle) are unlikely to play Sunday when the New York Jets face the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium.

“Trevor Reilly, I would think it’s a stretch to see him go,” Ryan said. “Greg Salas, that’s probably not going to happen.”

Ryan said he was confident that the rest of the roster would be ready to go.


Limited: LB Trevor Reilly (knee), G Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), G Willie Colon (knee), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder) and WR Greg Salas (wrist, ankle).

Full: LB Antwan Barnes (knee), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), RB Bilal Powell (foot) and CB Darrin Walls (knee).


Did not participate: WR Marquise Goodwin (hamstring), LB Ty Powell (ankle), RB Fred Jackson (groin).

Limited participation: WR Marcus Easley (knee), S Aaron Williams (neck).

Full participation: DE Mario Williams (thumb), WR Sammy Watkins (groin), LB Brandon Spikes (ribs).