Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey appeared at the podium first, immediately addressing the media about his unit's explosion in Buffalo. Gailey said he expects a high production level on a weekly basis because of the amount of talent on his side of the ball. With WRs Brandon Marshall (knee/foot) and Eric Decker (shoulder) banged-up going into Kansas City, the preparation has changed on the practice field. Marshall has yet to practice this week and Decker was listed as limited Thursday.
"Any time you're not sure about exactly the way it's going to fall on any given week, it makes it tougher," Gailey said referring to his game planning strategy. "But at the same time, you have to be flexible enough to be able to adjust. If they were both perfectly healthy, but got hurt on the first play, you have to adjust. We try to make sure we have enough things in place where we can adjust no matter what."
On the defensive side of the ball, ILB Erin Henderson has a foot injury and has yet to practice this week. Rookie Darron Lee would be the next man up and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers expressed his confidence today in the Ohio State product, who is tied for the team lead in Tackles.
"Like a typical, young player coming into the league, he's still learning," he said. "But a couple of times he's made some plays that have really stood out. We just watched a couple plays here in practice where he's really coming on with it. We're very pleased."
This weekend, the Jets face their toughest special teams challenge to date. Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer compared Chiefs rookie return specialist Tyreek Hill to Percy Harvin. Boyer has confidence in his scheme, but he said P Lachlan Edwards will be key in limiting Hill's explosiveness, who is averaging 14 yards per return.
"He's done a nice job," Boyer said of Edwards. "He's improving, but he has a way to go. Just like any rookie, you don't know until you see him in a game when the real bullets are flying. He's got two games under his belt where he's a done a nice job and he keeps competing. He's going to do nothing but get better."