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The Jets and RB Isaiah Crowell have agreed to a 3-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We're waiting for monetary details, but Crowell should be the favorite to lead New York's 2018 backfield in touches. The team has never seemed to want Bilal Powell in a lead role. Crowell saw his carry total climb all 4 years in Cleveland, although he topped out at a relatively modest 206 last year. He also averaged just 4.1 yards per carry in 2017, while ranking 39th among 51 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades. Football Outsiders, however, rated him 25th out of 47 in both main efficiency metrics. At this point, Crowell is tough to like as more than a lower-end RB2 in his new digs.

The Jets on Tuesday agreed to a 1-year, $10 million deal to keep QB Josh McCown as their starter, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. On the same day, though, the team also reached a 1-year deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater. Although McCown's getting starter money, it's a good situation for Bridgewater to get a starting shot at some point. Through 15 seasons, McCown has never played a full 16 games. His 13 starts in 2017 matched his career high and marked just the 3rd time he has reached 10 starts. We'll be interested to see what Bridgewater has when/if he hits the field. But this is not too intriguing a fantasy situation.

12:02pm EST 2/28/18

RB Matt Forte has announced his retirement. The 32-year-old has been running on fumes the past couple of seasons, averaging just 3.7 yards per carry. He was a fantasy stud in his heyday, ripping off 8 straight top-12 PPR finishes from 2008 to 2015. Forte's departure leaves the Jets with 29-year-old Bilal Powell and sophomore Elijah McGuire. We'll see if and what they add to the backfield in free agency and the draft.

The Jets are expected to name Jeremy Bates their new OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bates spent last season as the Jets' QB coach, helping Josh McCown to a career year. He has just 1 season of experience calling plays, though, serving as Seattle's OC back in 2010. That squad -- quarterbacked by Matt Hasselbeck -- finished 28th in total yards and 23rd in total points.

Jets WR Robby Anderson was arrested in Florida early Friday morning, according to insider Andy Slater. Anderson is reportedly facing several charges, including harm to a public servant/family, reckless driving, eluding police, and resisting arrest. He was also arrested last May at a music fest and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing justice. Anderson might be looking at a 2018 suspension.

The Jets have fired OC John Morton. He lasted just 1 season in the Big Apple. The 2017 Jets ranked 28th in total yards and 24th in points -- although they probably overachieved considering their talent-deprived roster. We'll see who the Jets bring in to replace Morton.

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) will miss Sunday's finale against the Patriots after being placed on IR. The 32-year-old has struggled with knee issues for most of the season and mustered just 3.7 yards per carry. His days as a fantasy asset are over. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire will handle backfield duties in New England. Powell had already taken over as New York's lead back, totaling 63 carries over the past 4 weeks. He's in the RB2 mix for Week 17.

Jets DE Leonard Williams hurt his back in Sunday's loss to the Chargers and did not return. We'll see if he's well enough to play against the Patriots in the finale, but the situation at least adds risk to a guy who has mostly disappointed IDP owners all year. Teammate Muhammad Wilkerson, of course, has been a healthy scratch the past 2 weeks because of his crappy attitude.

11:12am EST 12/24/17

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) is active for today's game against the Chargers. He didn't practice all week after totaling just 9 touches last Sunday. He’s not a recommended Week 16 fantasy play.

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chargers after missing practice all week. It’s the same boat he was in last week before playing just 36% of the offensive snaps and totaling 9 touches. Forte can’t be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

11:12am EST 12/17/17

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) is active for today’s game against the Saints. He’s a risky fantasy play without much upside after missing practice all week.

Jets RB Matt Forte (knee) missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints. It sounds like he’ll be a game-time decision. We’ll find out Forte’s status by noon ET on Sunday, but he’ll be a risky fantasy option if active. If not, RBs Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire figure to form a committee. McGuire is off the injury report after hurting his ankle last week.

Jets QB Josh McCown needs surgery on his broken left hand and is done for the season, HC Todd Bowles announced Monday. It ends a surprisingly effective campaign for McCown. He completed a career-high 67.3% of his passes and tossed 18 TDs to 9 INTs. His football future is uncertain, though, as a 38-year-old set to hit free agency. The Jets are a good bet to take a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft.

There's "minimal damage" to Jets RB Elijah McGuire's ankle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. An x-ray came back negative, and the MRI results were "relatively clean." It sounds like McGuire has a shot to play against the Saints this weekend, but he won't be a fantasy option. The rookie totaled just 11 touches in 2 games prior to exiting Week 15 early.

Jets QB Josh McCown broke his left hand in Sunday's loss to the Broncos, HC Todd Bowles said afterward. The team doesn't yet know if McCown's season is over, Bowles added. The fact that it's his non-throwing hand helps, but we'd be surprised if the 38-year-old played through this for the 5-8 Jets. Next up on the depth chart is QB Bryce Petty, who went 2-of-9 for 14 yards in relief of McCown today. QB Christian Hackenberg is also still kicking around in New York.

Jets QB Josh McCown injured his left (non-throwing) hand in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Broncos. He's officially questionable to return, but we doubt he will. McCown took a beating all game, and the Jets are down big. QB Bryce Petty has replaced McCown.

Update: HC Todd Bowles said after the game that McCown broke his hand. That's sure to end the QB's season.

Jets RB Elijah McGuire injured his ankle in the 1st half of Sunday's game in Denver and is officially questionable to return. His absence means a few extra touches for RBs Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

Jets WR Robby Anderson (hamstring) is not listed on the final injury report. He reportedly aggravated a hamstring injury on Thursday but put in a full practice on Friday. The hamstring issue “was never anything serious,” according to insider Manish Mehta. Anderson is fine to keep in fantasy lineups but faces a tough challenge against Denver’s talented CBs.

Jets WR Robby Anderson injured his hamstring in Thursday's practice, according to insider Manish Mehta. No word yet on the severity. We'll see whether Anderson is able to practice on Friday and then how the Jets list him on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Update: Anderson "should be OK," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Jets ILB Darron Lee is inactive for today's game against the Chiefs. HC Todd Bowles reportedly decided to bench the young LB after he made a choke sign at Panthers QB Cam Newton in last week's game. Expect Lee to return for Week 14, but make sure to get him out of this week's lineups.

Update: Connor Hughes of reports that Lee got benched for arriving late to practice Saturday. DE Muhammad Wilkerson also sat out the 1st quarter as punishment for showing up late to a meeting.


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