News: Cumberland had three catches for 18 yards on six targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: Meanwhile, rookie TE Jace Amaro caught 3-of-4 targets for 54 yards, albeit with an ugly third-down drop mixed in. Cumberland figures to hold on to the starting job, but both players should have roles in the offense, with neither a strong option outside of very deep leagues.
News: Salas had two catches for 56 yards on three targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Jets.
Impact: Salas, the team's No. 4 wide receiver, got extra snaps because Eric Decker (hamstring) was unable to play through an injury. Though Salas had a crucial 51-yard catch-and-run near the end of the game, he's still looking at a part-time role in a subpar passing offense.
News: Wilkerson suffered a knee injury during Monday's game against the Bears, but the issue isn't thought to be serious, FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports.
Impact: Wilkerson collided with a teammate while making a joint sack in the fourth quarter. He was down for a minute or two, and then limped off the field. The star defensive end finished Monday's game with five tackles (three solo) and 1.5 sacks, after posting just three tackles (one solo) and no sacks through the first two games.
News: Amaro caught three passes for 54 yards on four targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: Amaro had a bad third-down drop, but he also broke off a 43-yard gain and then converted (barely) a fourth-and-3 on the Jets' unsuccessful final drive. Meanwhile, Jeff Cumberland had a quiet night, catching 3-of-6 targets for 18 yards. Cumberland still looks like the better short-term fantasy option, but Amaro could make a case for a larger role in the passing game, especially if wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) remains limited or sidelined.
News: Nelson had three catches for 15 yards on seven targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: Nelson played quite a few snaps because Eric Decker (hamstring) was unable to do so. While he did little with his seven targets, Nelson drew one ill-advised look in the end zone that was intercepted by the Bears. Though he'll likely get the start if Decker (hamstring) isn't ready next week, Nelson still can't be counted on for much.
News: Johnson (ankle) had 34 yards on 10 carries and no receptions on two targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: Johnson was once again outplayed by Chris Ivory, who had 10 carries for 44 yards and four receptions for 52 yards. The Jets may at some point consider altering the workload accordingly, but for now, we can still expect Johnson and Ivory to split the touches 50-50. Ivory's level of involvement through the air was a bit fluky, but Bilal Powell -- who was used in obvious passing situations -- also looms as a threat to catch a few balls. Next week brings the stingy Detroit run defense, representing one of the tougher matchups Ivory and Johnson will have this season.
News: Ivory had 10 carries for 44 yards and four receptions for 52 yards on four targets in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: Chris Johnson had 10 carries for 34 yards and didn't catch a pass on two targets. The two once again split the workload evenly, with Bilal Powell handling some of the snaps in obvious passing situations. Ivory has consistently looked better than Johnson this season, but there's no guarantee that will lead to a larger share of the workload. Johnson hasn't made any egregious mistakes, and the Jets seem fairly committed to their multi-back approach.
News: Kerley caught 7-of-11 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears.
Impact: With Eric Decker (hamstring) only able to make a token appearance, Kerley was the team's clear top option in the passing game. While he shouldn't be counted on for touchdowns or long gains, Kerley will see plenty of targets if Decker misses any time beyond Monday. Even if Decker returns, Kerley looks to be the second fiddle in a talent-lacking passing attack.
News: Smith completed 26-of-43 passes for 316 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions, in Monday's 27-19 loss to the Bears. He added 20 yards on three carries.
Impact: Smith made a few nice plays, but his mistakes largely defined the game, and rightfully so. He misfired on a first-quarter screen pass, allowing the Bears to take an early 7-0 lead on a pick-six. Later on, Smith made a terrible decision to force a throw into the end zone, resulting in an interception by rookie CB Kyle Fuller. Smith avoided what should have been his third pick on the Jets' final drive, when Bears linebacker Jon Bostic somehow dropped a gimme interception. As poorly as he played, Smith also didn't have much help, with Eric Decker (hamstring) missing most of the game. Decker's health will be crucial for Smith's fantasy value, as the Jets were left with Greg Salas and David Nelson to work alongside Jeremy Kerley on Monday. Week 4 brings a home game against the Lions, a team that probably won't allow the Jets to establish their ground game.
News: Decker (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of Monday's game against the Bears, Seth Walder of the New York Daily News reports.
Impact: Decker will ultimately finish Monday's game with one catch for 19 yards. The Jets' wide receiver entered the contest with an existing hamstring injury that was aggravated during the second quarter against the Bears. Considering it's basically the same injury, Decker will likely be another game-time decision for Sunday's upcoming contest against the Lions.
News: Decker aggravated his existing hamstring injury during the second quarter of Monday's game against the Bears, and his return to the field is questionable, Bob Glauber of Newsday reports.
Impact: Decker was initially listed as a game-time decision for Monday's game with his hamstring injury. Although he was ultimately able to start, his availability for the rest of the game is now in question. Before exiting, Decker had one reception for 19 yards.
News: Johnson (ankle) is listed as active for Monday's game against the Bears.
Impact: Johnson, who checks in with 25 carries for 89 yards in two games, is thus slated to combo with Chris Ivory (23 carries for 145 yards and two TDs to date) on Monday against a Chicago defense that has allowed 320 rushing yards through two contests.
News: After testing out his hamstring on the field in advance of Monday's game against the Bears, Decker indicated, "I feel good. I'm up," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: The release of the Jets' inactive list before the team's 8:30 PM ET kickoff will officially confirm the wideout's status, either way, but at this stage, it looks promising for those who gambled that Decker would give it a go Monday.
News: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News calls Decker (hamstring) a true game-time decision for Monday night's game against the Bears.
Impact: We'll confirm Decker's status -- one way or the other -- in advance of Monday night's 8:30 ET kickoff. The wideout's Week 3 practice activity amounted to a limited session Saturday. Decker currently leads the Jets with 14 targets, followed by fellow wideout Jeremy Kerley, who has seen 13 through the team's first two games. If Decker is out or limited Monday, David Nelson and Greg Salas would presumably be candidates for added looks in the team's offense.