Gailey: Fitzpatrick Has Adjusted Well

Chan Gailey, Kacy Rodgers & Bobby April Met with the Media on Thursday


Through two days of practice, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has not had a problem adjusting to life with a padded glove on his left hand.

"Well it's just awkward. It's just awkward to have something on your hand," offensive coordinator Chad Gailey said today. "You just don't have the full range of everything, but he's adjusted very well. That's probably a better way to say it - he's adjusted very well. So I'm not staying awake at night."

With both Brandon Marshall (toe/knee) and Eric Decker (knee) nursing injuries, Gailey said Jeremy Kerley and Kenbrell Thompkins could be valuable contributors Sunday versus the Jaguars.

"We're going to rely on them to do quite a bit, quite a bit," Gailey said. "They've had a good couple days of practice and we're going to rely on them a lot during the course of the ball game, especially if neither, or one, can play. They are still going to be a big part of it."

Safety Calvin Pryor is also on the mend, continuing to work his way back from a sprained ankle. The 5'11", 207-pound Pryor, who racked up six solo tackles against the Patriots and has 32 solo stops in 2015, was forced out of action late in New England and he missed his first NFL game last week against the Raiders.

"He's a first-round pick and he was playing like that. That's hard to replace, but from our standpoint it's the next guy up," said defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers of Pryor. "The next guy has got to step up, but Calvin is definitely missed just because he's one of our starters and he's a really good player."

Last week, Marcus Williams filled in for Pryor. The entire secondary had a tough time defending Derek Carr as the Raiders' second-year QB threw for 333 yards and 4 TDs. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie had an uneven performance, but Rodgers views that as a blip on the radar.

"We watch this guy prepare week-in and week-out. (He's a) consummate professional, studies tape, can tell you tendencies, this and that, and in our hearts-of-hearts we don't believe he's struggling," Rodgers said. "He had a bad day."

With Chris Owusu on injured reserve, Zac Stacy has served as the Jets' primary kick returner in 2015. While Stacy he has taken care of the football, he has averaged just 21.7 yards on his returns.

"He hasn't had any breakout plays," said special teams coordinator Bobby April. "He's had a couple that he's pushed up the field, running with authority and that type of thing."

Earlier this week, the Jets signed WR Shane Wynn to their practice squad. A rookie out of Indiana, the 5'6", 187-pound Wynn is an explosive receiver with return skills.

"We were prepared for him in the opener because we looked at the preseason film and thought he was a real good player for the Browns," April said. "He is a good returner."

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