On a morning the Jets announced wideout Quincy Enunwa would miss the rest of the 2019 season with a neck injury, Jets head coach Adam Gase also delivered updates on two defensive regulars who were injured Sunday and a pair of top talents who sat out Wednesday’s practice.
Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who was dominant in his first performance with the Green & White, wasn’t able to finish Week 1’s contest against the Bills. The four-time Pro Bowler, who joined the Jets in March, had six tackles, a pick-six and a fumble recovery Sunday, but he injured his groin on an excellent pass defense that prevented a Josh Allen touchdown to John Brown. The Bills took advantage of Mosely’s absence, scoring 17 consecutive points to gain a come-from-behind victory as the Jets missed Mosley’s commanding presence and run fits in the fourth quarter.
Rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall selection in April’s draft, had great penetration on Mosley’s fumble recovery in the second stanza and played in 24 snaps before he exited with an ankle sprain. Both defenders missed this afternoon’s workout
“(Mosley’s) making progress. Talking with him yesterday, he’s getting better which is a good sign. Quinnen will be out today with the ankle,” said Gase. “Same thing — progressing very fast. It’s giving us good hope both those guys are still alive for us, to have a chance for those guys to play on Monday.”
In addition to Mosley and Williams, the Jets were minus their starting quarterback and their star safety. Second-year signal-caller Sam Darnold, who threw for 175 yards and a scoring pass in the season opener, has a case of strep throat.
“Fourteen won’t be at practice today. He’s sick, he was sent home by the training staff,” Gase said. “He tried to come in and work and he’s still kind of contagious, so we had to send him home.”
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Adams, a defender whose play is contagious, was held out to start the week. The third-year safety was still feeling the effects of his six-tackle, one-pass defense effort against Buffalo.
“As we got further away from the game, he got a little sorer with his hip/back type deal,” Gase said. “We should be in good shape here as we get further away from the last game. He’s just still too sore today to go. Now obviously with him, things can change between now and practice. I know we’re just 30 minutes away from practice, but you know how he is. He can change his mind real fast.”
The Jets’ offensive play-caller hasn’t changed his belief that Darnold is going to continue to progress and improve every time he is on the field. Despite being held to just eight offensive points in Week 1, Gase saw growth from his young passer.
“He’s going to get better every week,” he said. “The more he sees, the better it is, from spring to training camp to preseason and then starting this regular season game. I keep seeing signs of improvement. The New Orleans game was good, the Buffalo game, you saw some exotic pressures, you saw some different looks. There were a ton of unscouted looks, which is what we have to see. We have to use the tools that are in our offense to kind of fix things in real time.”
The fiery Gase got after his team following a film session, but accountability is part of life in the NFL after a defeat.
“We have to fix things fast and those guys did a good job of embracing that,” he said. “And after a loss, it’s not easy to handle any kind of criticism. It’s a lot easier after a win. When you have to fix things after a win, a lot easier. You can say whatever you want and nobody cares because you won. After a loss, everything is magnified.”
And Gase started preparation for Monday night’s showdown with the Browns by pointing the finger at himself for a poor fourth-quarter play call prior to the two-minute warning.
“The one I keep hanging on is that third-and-1 call before the fouth-and-1,” Gase said of a Darnold incompletion where the Bills took the short pass away. “That call just irritates me. I wish I went to something else and that one I feel like I put us in a really bad spot. thought Sam and Robby did a good job of trying to make something happen there, but that one bothered me. I had to learn a hard lesson on that one.”