And what of the Jets' big picture at quarterback? After all,
Head coach Rex Ryan had many plates on pool cues at that position for Thursday's 27-20 triumph over the Eagles. He explained how this game impacted each of his QBs at his postgame news conference.
Smith spoke with reporters after the game and said he understood "exactly what's going on here" and said he'll prepare in the coming week-plus to be the starter against the Bucs.
"Obviously you've got to prepare for the regular season, and in our current situation with Mark being down, you just can't take any risks," Smith said. "I'm going to continue to study hard. I've already watched a ton of film on the Buccaneers. So I'm going to prepare my mind and body for this upcoming game."
Ryan also had
It seems unlikely Harrell will be able to stick around, but might the Jets keep four QBs on the 53-man roster?
"I certainly understand where you're coming from because you have four good quarterbacks," Ryan said. "That's something that will definitely be considered."
He also seemed to remember the name Bob Gresham from somewhere in his football formative years, since Gresham was the last Jet to score twice in at least two different preseason games before Bell did — Gresham did it three times, in fact, for the '75 team.
All of that is prelude to Bell's view on his current situation, since it involves him in his second stint with the team and possibly adding his name to Jordan and Gresham and other Jets backs for their regular-season exploits.
"This is just a blessing. Four weeks ago, I didn't even have a team to play on," Kahlil said. "I wasn't really sure the Jets would call me back. They made a lot of moves in the offseason. I didn't even know if I was going to get a call, but I knew once I got an opportunity, I had to hit the ground running. It's worked out so far. I'm happy to be here and I want to be a Jet."
He'll find out more about his job future when the final cuts are announced today or Saturday.
Our gamenight captains for the Eagles were Simms,