By Tyson Rauch

The New York Jets (2-8) return from their bye on Sunday as they take on the Buffalo Bills (5-5) at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With their postseason aspirations all but eliminated, the Jets will be playing for pride and respect in Western New York. More importantly, some players on Gang Green will be playing for a contract, as their status with New York remains uncertain.

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Michael Vick — The veteran signal caller signed a one-year contract to help mentor Geno Smith, while providing a reliable second option at the position. Vick has now replaced Smith as the starting quarterback and the early results have been positive. If Vick continues to perform well, does Gang Green consider bringing back Michael in 2015?

Percy Harvin — The Jets traded for the dynamic wide receiver and through three games he has made an immediate presence as a running back, receiver, and returner. If Harvin continues to shine, New York will have added an explosive weapon with zero guaranteed money on the remainder of his contract.

David Harris — Drafted by the Jets in 2007, Harris has been a mainstay at the inside linebacker position. David is a free agent in 2015, therefore his play the remainder of the season could determine his ability to return to Gang Green.

Chris Johnson — The veteran running back has been a bit of a disappointment, as he has not established a true presence within the offense. With the continued emergence of Chris Ivory and the addition of Harvin, Johnson may have to show the Jets some things in order to return next season.

Kyle Wilson — The Jets first round draft pick in 2010 has had an up and down career with Gang Green. Wilson, who has been relegated to the slot position, is going to need a very strong finish to earn a new contract with Gang Green.

Dawan Landry — The veteran safety has been a reliable player for Rex Ryan and a mentor for the young secondary. A free agent in 2015, Landry will be playing for his next contract.

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Bilal Powell — The versatile running back will become a free agent in 2015. Will Powell get a final chance to show what he can do prior to the end of the season?

Jaiquawn Jarrett — The young safety is coming off of the best game of his career as he was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week against the Steelers. A restricted free agent in 2015, can Jarrett emerge as a prominent player in the Jets secondary?

Damon Harrison — The Jets defensive tackle has become a force in the middle of the line. A restricted free agent in 2015, will New York consider a contract extension if Damon’s play continues to improve?

Kenrick Ellis — The New York Jets third round pick in 2011 has struggled to get playing time behind Damon Harrison, Sheldon Richardson, and Leger Douzable. Can Ellis open up some eyes down the stretch?

Plenty to play for…

Even though the New York Jets are playing out the season there is a lot on the line for several players. Performances in November and December could determine their contract and location in 2015.

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Tyson Rauch is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on