The 2016 season has been forgettable for everyone at One Jets Drive — but not for Antonio Brown.
The Steelers wide receiver took to Twitter Thursday morning to remind Gang Green’s Brandon Marshall of a bet they made on social media before the season.
In a video posted in July, Marshall challenged Brown to a contest. Whichever wideout amassed more receiving yards this season would win. Marshall put up a team-owned Porsche. In return, he asked Brown to wager his Rolls-Royce.
Well, the competition hasn’t been close. With one game left, Brown has 1,284 yards. Marshall sits at just 788 yards. That’s a 496-yard difference.
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“You could send me the pink slip, or donate the car to @PROJECT375 !” Brown tweeted, referencing Marshall’s foundation, which aims to eliminate the stigma against mental illness. “Glad we’re both healthy, mentally and physically.”
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey believes Ryan Fitzpatrick still has what it takes to perform in the NFL.
“He’s got the mind to be able to go out and compete every week. There’s no question about that. He’s able to go do that and compete and win a game,” Gailey said Thursday. “Everybody’s physical skills wane with years once you reach your peak. He still has lots of skills. Are they what they were the first time I saw him? No, they’re not.”
Gailey also addressed Todd Bowles’ decision to start Fitzpatrick over rookie Christian Hackenberg for the Jets’ season finale Sunday against the Bills. He was asked how ready Hackenberg is to play in NFL action.
“I don’t think anybody can answer that,” Gailey said, “because he hasn’t had enough reps to go out there and tell you exactly how he’s going to go play in a ball game. I don’t think we have enough knowledge.”
After a disappointing offensive season for the Jets, Gailey is in jeopardy of losing his job. He said 2016 has been “unsettling as a competitor.”
“I always have loved to coach. I’ve always loved to do that,” Gailey said. “I think it’s in my blood. I think it’ll be there until I go to grave.”
When asked if that means he wants to return to the Jets’ coaching staff next year, Gailey gave a stern response.
“I said I love football and that I love to coach. I always love to coach,” Gailey said. “That’s all I said.”
WR Robby Anderson (hamstring), RB Matt Forte (knee), WR Brandon Marshall (hip, shoulder), CB Nick Marshall (hamstring), LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), DT Steve McLendon (hamstring), RB Bilal Powell (knee), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (hamstring) and RB Brandon Wilds (hamstring) didn’t practice Thursday. The Jets only had one healthy running back for the session: Brandon Burks.
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