Jets Practice Report: Defense Gets Shot in the Arm After Slow Start

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Midway through a slightly rainy practice, Jets safety Jamal Adams wasn’t happy with his unit’s effort and called them up.

“I just didn’t like the tempo, how we were flying around the ball,” Adams said. “I didn’t like how we weren’t communicating. It wasn’t to get down on anybody in particular. As a group, including myself, we weren’t flying around the ball and making the right checks and being precise with our communication.”

After the brief meeting on the field, the Pro Bowl safety said there was a different type of energy for the remainder of practice. Linebacker C.J. Mosley, who was the anchor of the NFL’s top defense in 2018, said the group can’t afford to start slow.

“In the NFL, you go against good teams. If you miss a few plays that you don’t usually do, you could be down 14-0 in the first quarter,” Mosley said. “We’re all human, sometimes you start off a little slow, but if you want to be one of the top defenses in the league, we can’t come in the game sluggish like we did in practice.”

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Culture Beginning to Form
When the Jets signed Mosley, head coach Adam Gase described his new Mike linebacker as a culture changer. Before Wednesday’s practice, Gase said the sixth-year veteran has natural leadership ability and knows what his teammates need and when they need it, and his presence has rubbed off on the team.

“I think where our locker room is right now where guys are really working hard and trying to focus on creating the best team we can possibly be. The unselfishness here is outstanding,” Gase said. “Guys just, they work. It's not about them, it's about the team and I've been very impressed with how our players have gone about their business.”

Mosley believes the Green & White have young and hungry players to go along with a coaching staff and front office that share a desire to win. Despite an eager group, the Jets still have much to prove following a busy offseason that’s created a buzz.

“We really won’t know what we have until we get to the season,” Mosley said. “We can say what we want to do, we can gameplan everything, but until we get that 53-man roster and put our team on the field, then we’ll know what we’re working with and things we have to improve on every week.”

Mother Nature Strikes a Third Time
The Jets had a 59-minute weather delay during the first quarter of their preseason opener against the Giants. Then on Sunday, they practiced on a slick Metlife turf following heavy rains leading up to the Green & White practice. Players practiced through a light rain that fell that fell on the grass fields for a portion of Wednesday’s workout.

“It kind of felt the same, but we were happy because yesterday it was burning up outside,” Mosley said. “We have to be ready to play through all of that stuff. We might get some snow this year and that would be my first time playing in the snow. I’ve played in the cold, but it’s never snowed, so that’ll be different if we get a snow game.”

Jetcetera
Veteran outside linebacker Brandon Copeland is allowed to practice and play in the final two preseason games before beginning his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Copeland, who had a career-high five sacks last season, will be eligible to return to the roster Oct. 7th, the day after the Jets’ game against the Eagles… Rookie linebacker Blake Cashman returned to practice (calf/hamstring) while starting guards Kelechi Osemele (pec strain) and Brian Winters (shoulder) worked to the side with trainers. Rookie wideout Jeff Smith remains sidelined. … Newly signed LB Stephone Anthony, who played 16 games for the Dolphins last season, wore No. 55 in white today… Trevor Siemian hit Eli McGuire down the sideline for a long gain in 7-on-7 work with Neville Hewitt in coverage. … Sam Darnold fired a pair of touchdowns, one to Quincy Enunwa for roughly 40 yards, and a laser to Chris Herndon for a short TD over the middle. … Rookie TE Trevon Wesco had his most impressive catch of the summer, corralling a Siemian pass with Cashman draped over him… Le’Veon Bell had a pair of big runs and received a heavy workload once again… Mosley picked off Davis Webb and broke up a pass in two-point conversion work. “I was pretty much in zone on both plays and just reacted to the ball. It’s always good to be in the right place at the right time. That’s all it was,” he said.

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