The dog days of camp are officially here.
Tempers flared Monday at Jets practice and it started with a shoving match between left guard Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Avery Williamson. However, the two were broken up before a fight broke out.
“It was an intense day,” said Williamson, who returned to practice after an off day. “Guys were flying around, making stuff happen and just being physical. It was just one of those days. We just got after it today. Tempers flared a little bit, but definitely ready to go up against some other opponents.”
Later in practice, new Jets guard Alex Lewis and defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd were the main attraction in a sideline-clearing skirmish. Shepherd and Lewis were involved in some pre-snap movement and interlocked as they hit the ground and started swinging.
“I like the fact that they're competing. The way that those guys are going at it today, it is what it is,” head coach Adam Gase said. “I mean, I don't want anybody to get hurt. I think you waste a lot of energy when you start scuffling up and everybody's jawing. It's a waste of time to me, but sometimes that happens.”
A fiery Steve McLendon had words for both sides of the ball after the skirmish and safety Jamal Adams echoed his head coach’s sentiments about fighting being a waste of time, which is why Adams “gave that up years ago.” But the Pro Bowl safety also acknowledged the chippiness is inevitable this time of year. While the LSU product said something like that can provide some extra juice in practice, wide receiver Robby Anderson sees it as a distraction.
“I don’t want to see my teammates fight,” Anderson said. “We are really one team even though we’re going up against each other, so I’m not too much of a fan of that. Especially, I don’t want one of my teammates to get hurt.”
A handful of players left practice early with injuries. Osemele is being evaluated for a pectoral strain and the team is optimistic it’s nothing more severe. DL Henry Anderson is being evaluated for a head injury and CB Kyron Brown has a hamstring ailment. Ty Montgomery took a shot to the groin but returned to the workout.
Veteran DL Leonard Williams (hip) worked to the side and the Big Cat could participate in individual drills tomorrow. Linebacker Harvey Langi (knee) also worked to the side and Blake Cashman (calf/hamstring) did not practice. Top cornerback Trumaine Johnson is considered week-to-week with a hamstring injury.
“I mean he wants to be out there when we get going in the regular season for sure. To me, he'll do everything he can,” Gase said of Johnson. “Sometimes it's how the body reacts, how does the rehab go, how does the strength and conditioning go. You can have a setback, so if things go smooth hopefully we get him back.”
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Hall of Fame QB Joe Namath watched practice from the sideline, which Gase said was “awesome.” … On the second play of the first team period, Le’Veon Bell hit a hole on the left side for a nice run that may have found the end zone in the regular season. Bell later took a big shot from OLB Brandon Copeland to which he said, “nice pop” and “it felt good.” Still no word on if Bell will play Thursday vs. Atlanta, but he said he’ll do whatever the coaches ask him. … Sam Darnold hit Robby Anderson over the middle for a long catch-and-run with Kyron Brown in coverage. … Bronson Kaufusi had a would-be sack on Trevor Siemian. … Siemian, who had one of his better practices, hit TE Eric Tomlinson for a 25-yard TD.