Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is seen prior to the...

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is seen prior to the first half of the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Sept. 7, 2014. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

At the very least, Rex Ryan hopes his No. 1 receiver can participate in team drills by Saturday.

Eric Decker, the Jets' top free-agent acquisition during the offseason, did not practice Thursday for a second straight day. And it's unclear whether his hamstring will keep him out of Monday night's game or render him ineffective against the Bears.

"He is a veteran player and things, but obviously you would like to have him test it a little bit,'' Ryan said. "I'm not going to just say he has to be out on Saturday, but that is what you would like. You would like to see him do some things, really for his own mentality, for his own mind-set that, 'Yeah, I can do this, I feel fine.' ''


Geno Smith has two interceptions and a fumble in two games, but Ryan said he's not concerned about his quarterback's turnover pace. "I think you never dismiss them, but sometimes those happen,'' he said. "I think he has done a good job of protecting the football overall.''

Smith's interception against the Packers was aided by left guard Brian Winters, who missed a block, and tight end Zach Sudfeld, who failed to fight for the football. And for the second straight week, an interception of a pass by Smith led to an opponent's TD.

"Again, you try to do your best to eliminate things,'' Ryan said. "The thing I have been proud of is his presence in the pocket, the way he puts the ball on his front shoulder when he moves . . . You probably wish you had one or two throws back. Overall, I have been happy with the way he has handled it.''

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Coud Dee Milliner come off the bench against the Bears? "That is probably a possibility,'' Ryan said. "But to say that he's definitely not going to start, I'm not there yet.'' Milliner (ankle) was limited, along with Willie Colon (calf), Nick Mangold (shoulder) and Chris Johnson (ankle) . . . Nick Bellore (hip) and A.J. Edds (hamstring) did not practice . . . Bears DE Jared Allen (back) and WR Brandon Marshall (ankle) were among those who didn't practice. Alshon Jeffery (hamstring) was limited . . . Sixth-rounder Tajh Boyd was signed by the Florida Blacktip of the FXFL.

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