Ryan Fitzpatrick practiced Friday on a limited basis and he officially was listed on the injury report as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Rams.
"He's getting better than he was," said head coach Todd Bowles. "I still have to see him workout Sunday to make that decision."
Fitzpatrick, who sprained his left knee against the Dolphins, told reporters this week that he will wear a brace if he plays. If Fitzpatrick can't go, Bryce Petty would make his first professional start. The two split first-team reps throughout the week.
"I'm having blast where I'm at right now and if it happens, great, I'll be ready to take over and produce," Petty said. "I think that's the biggest thing because there's only one out there. It's hard to feel like you've contributed so it would be nice to step up when the team needs me and do what we need to do there."
Help on the InsideRookie ILB Darron Lee, who totaled 35 tackles before suffering an ankle sprain against the Cardinals in Week 6, is set to return after a three-week absence.
"My position coach told me to keep up on the film and everything on the film," said Lee, an Ohio State product who was the 20th overall selection in April's NFL Draft. "Of course, I'm going to look at the film instead of just being a dud. I was working the game plan for sure, making sure I was ready even though I wasn't going to play. At least I knew what we were doing for that game. It's helped. It's starting to show in practice and meetings. I'm just looking to improve it and ready to get back out there."
Speed on the OutsideAs the Jets young receivers continue to take steps, the group got another potential boost this week with the activation of Devin Smith.
"I fit right in, it doesn't matter what they do," said Smith, who had nine receptions as a rookie before suffering a torn ACL in his right knee. "Adding me in adds to the arsenal of the team. I'm looking forward to getting back out there with everybody and everybody is looking forward to me coming back out."
Youth has been served in a WR group that features an emerging second-year talent in Quincy Enunwa and a trio of rookies in Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall and Charone Peake.
"He's in great shape and he's practicing," Bowles said. "We just have to get him used to running routes and back into the flow of the offense."
C.J.'s RideThe recently acquired C.J. Spiller made his Jets' debut last week, returning two kickoffs for 37 yards. A Saint at the beginning of the year, Spiller was cut and then joined the Seahawks prior to their Week 4 date with the Jets. He appeared in a couple of games with the 'Hawks, was released and joined the Green & White last week.
"Rollercoaster. But as a professional, you pick yourself up, you keep going, you keep your head down and put your blinders on," Spiller said of his year to date. "And you just believe in yourself and never lose confidence. Just keep focus and you wait for that next opportunity. I'm very fortunate for the Jets to give me an opportunity to live out my dream."
While the Jets weren't able to spring a long return in Miami, the Dolphins' Kenyan Drake's 95-yard KR in the fourth quarter ended up being the decisive score.
"It takes a group effort to get a return. Some people think the return guy is the only one to make it work, but it takes 11 guys to make sure everyone is fitting up on the right man," Spiller said. "You trust your guys and then you're just hitting it with speed. Last week it felt good to get out there with the guys, getting an understanding how I return and me understanding how they block. Then you try to carry what you've done in practice over to the game. We're still working out the kinks and getting a feel for each other, but over time we'll be fine."
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Beyond GurleyDescribing Todd Gurley as a big back with home run speed, David Harris is not sleeping on a Rams offense that ranks last in the NFL in scoring (16.3 points per game).
"They have weapons on the outside like Tavon Austin, who is one of the most explosive guys in the league, and Kenny Britt has stepped up for them a lot this year," he said. "He's a good possession receiver, he gets targets down the field on third down. They have playmakers on the offense, we just have to do our job and limit big plays."
When asked if the Rams stingy defense has caught his eye, Harris said the mentality doesn't change regardless of the opponent.
"We have to go out there and do our job. We take a lot of pride in our defense here at the Jets," he said. "It's always been that way and it's going to continue to be that way, so we know that expectations are very high for us."
Final Injury ReportC Nick Mangold (ankle),*CB Marcus Williams (ankle), ILB Bruce Carter (quad), OLB Josh Martin (concussion) and TE Kellen Davis (elbow) all did not practice and were ruled out. Along with Fitzpatrick, CB Buster Skrine (knee) and OL Brandon Shell (shoulder) were limited and are questionable. *