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8 Observations from Jets' Labor Day

Harris and Jenkins on the Mend, RT Competition Continues & A Scouting Report on Pope


Injury Front**: Labeling his team as "pretty healthy" on this Labor Day, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said both veteran WRs Brandon Marshall (hip) and Quincy Enunwa (head) are fine. He reserved judgement on ILB David Harris (shoulder) and OLB Jordan Jenkins (calf), saying he'll see where they are at later in the week. QB Bryce Petty suffered a shoulder bruise against the Eagles and should be ready to practice in a week or two.

Rookie Influx: As of Monday, the Jets had 12 rookies on their 53-man roster including their seven picks, three undrafted free agents and two waiver claims.

"We were just trying to get good football players. We're trying to get better players than the year before, hopefully, and develop some guys," Bowles said. "These guys showed enough promise that we can try to develop them to become good players."

Three Amigos: Half of the team's six receivers are rookies. Jalin Marshall, who is the Jets top return man entering Week 1, described the WR meeting room today.

"They kind of made fun of us. They said, 'Rookies, rookies, rookies.' Deck said it's the first time he ever had three rookies make the team with him, so they made fun of us a little bit. But then it got serious because we have a game to play," said the Ohio State product. "They want to make sure we're on the same page as them going into week one."

Pope Report: After RB Khiry Robinson broke his leg vs. the Eagles and was waived-injured, the Green & White added a third RB with the waiver acquisition of Troymaine Pope from Seattle. The 5'7", 205-pound Pope rushed for 1,757 yards and 19 TDs last season at Jacksonville State.

"He's a slasher," Bowles said. "He can run, quick first step, explosive that way. Not an elite speed player, but a very good vison back. Hitting holes and those type of things, and he's got to learn the system first and we'll go from there."

In the Race: The competition at RT could extend beyond season-opening kickoff. With Breno Giacomini on the PUP list, both Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale are the candidates. They alternated with the first team throughout the preseason and Bowles said today that starting right tackles don't fall off trees or the waiver wire.

"Just keep doing what I do," Ijalana told reporters. "I'm still happy to be in the race."

Fitz's Helpers: While the Jets kept four QBs on their roster, veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick started 16 games last season and he doesn't plan on relinquishing offensive controls anytime soon.

"There is only one that gets to play," he said. "Hopefully I'll have a lot of helpers during the week getting game plan stuff, just in terms of watching film and more sets of eyes."

Quote of the Day: "You don't get rid of players because a new regime comes in," said Bowles. "You get rid of players because you don't think they fit your system or things like that. I'll take a bunch of Rex (Ryan's) players, I'll take Herm (Edwards') players. Hell, if Bill (Parcells) had players left I would take Bill's players. You play football players. You watch what fits your scheme and what fits what you want to do. You keep the guys that fit and the guys that don't, if they can play, we try to find a spot on this team. If not, they might be good for somebody else's team. It may not be a fit doesn't mean they can't play."

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