In the Jets’ return to the practice field following their preseason opener, center Ryan Kalil participated in individual drills for the first time since signing with the Green & White Aug. 2.
“A little rusty, so we have to shake some of that off, but it was a good first day,” Kalil said.
There is no timetable for the 34-year-old’s debut in team periods as head coach Adam Gase said the team will continue to take it day-by-day.
“I think we just want to be very smart how quickly we go with this,” Gase said. “We have a guy that’s played a lot of football, he’s done this before. We just have to make sure he feels great when we get going and when he’s in there, he knows what he’s doing, can play fast and is in the kind of shape he wants to be in. We’ll be smart about how we’ll do things.”
The 12-year veteran has been impressed with the offense’s “incredible” energy and how well his new teammates have taken to the playbook. Gase said Kalil has been sharp in the meeting room despite learning a new language, but Kalil said his experience can only help to a certain extent.
“These guys have had a little bit of a head start, so regardless of your experience, you start from square one every year no matter what,” he said. “I have some catching up to do, but everyone’s been super helpful. The coaches have been great and have really given me a chance to try to catch up as fast I can. So, we’ll just keep chipping away.”
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Right guard Brian Winters, who hurt his shoulder against the Giants on an extra point, is considered week-to-week and was replaced in the lineup by Tom Compton. The team continues to take a cautious approach to Leonard Williams’ hip injury as Gase said he “just wants to make sure he’s alright before we really get him going again.” ILB Avery Williamson suffered a foot injury Thursday night and was held out while rookie ‘backer Blake Cashman has a calf/hamstring ailment.
Cornerback Trumaine Johnson exited practice after tweaking his hamstring during an interception of a Sam Darnold. The second-year passer appeared to be targeting TE Eric Tomlinson, but Johnson read the play and came up with another theft in team drills. Gase said he’ll know more regarding the severity of the injury Monday after Johnson undergoes tests.
“Any time a guy that makes a living running has a hamstring — we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s going to just have to get a lot of treatment and keep strengthening him up and get him back as fast as possible.”
In the final team period, with the offense trailing 33-31 and 33 seconds remaining, WR Deontay Burnett set the second-team unit up for a chance to win the game. After a penalty, the offense faced a 4th-and-12 at plus 43-yard line. Trevor Siemian lofted a ball into tight coverage down the sideline and Burnett made a beautiful adjustment and corralled the ball inside the 10-yard line. But the offense never got another play off as Burnett got up and spun the ball before the clock expired.
“That wasn’t good,” Gase said. “It was bad, but it’ll be good for all of our guys to see. Maybe we get a penalty for taunting and the game is over. We’ll learn from that. We’ll see it today when we watch film and we have to learn from that.”
When Johnson went down, Brian Poole took over on the outside in base formations. Undrafted rookie Kyron Brown played opposite Darryl Roberts in nickel formations with Poole on the inside. “Right now, we’ll just keep rotating guys in there. We’re just going to keep competing,” Gase said of the CBs.… Darnold hit Quincy Enunwa for a short TD in the first-team period. Siemian also connected with Josh Bellamy, who did a nice job of reaching the ball over the pylon for the score. … Robby Anderson made a pair of nice grabs including one in which he climbed the ladder… Defensive lineman Henry Anderson had a would-be sack of Darnold following the Johnson pick.