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Jets hanging on to four quarterbacks for now

New York Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg

New York Jets quarterbacks Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Geno Smith participate in drills during Organized Team Activities at the Jets Training Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets don’t have only one quarterback who can play — they have four, according to Todd Bowles.

Asked why the organization decided to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg on the 53-man roster, the coach said Monday. “They all can play and we’re trying to keep the best football players. Each of them showed enough in the preseason. [We’ll] give [Hackenberg] a redshirt year and the other three can play.”

Petty’s bruised shoulder shouldn’t sideline him long. “It’s a matter of him getting healthy and getting back up,” Bowles said. “He’ll be ready to go in about a week or two.”

Right tackle shuffle

Why settle for one right tackle when you can have two? With Breno Giacomini (back) on the reserve/physically unable to perform list for at least six weeks, the team isn’t hard-pressed to name a new starter. “Until it sorts itself out,” Bowles said, he’s open to rotating backups Ben Ijalana and Brent Qvale.

Harris update

Bowles won’t allow himself to be optimistic about David Harris’ status for Week 1 against the Bengals. “I’ve got to see him hit somebody. It’s still early in the week,” he said of the veteran linebacker, who suffered a bruised shoulder in the third preseason game. Harris was on the field during the 30-minute media portion of practice Monday, but it’s unclear how much he participated.

Jet streams

Jordan Jenkins (calf) “did some things,” according to Bowles, but his status for Sunday is uncertain. But WR Brandon Marshall (hip) and WR Quincy Enunwa (head) are fine, he said . . . Rookie WR Jalin Marshall will be the Jets’ return man for Week 1 . . . RB Khiry Robinson would have made the active roster if he had not suffered a broken leg in the preseason finale, according to Bowles. “I didn’t know until [Friday] afternoon that he actually broke his leg,’’ he said. “No one came up and told me until late.”

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