A trio of veterans — wide receivers Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor in addition to safety Marcus Maye —could be in line to make their preseason debuts for the Jets Friday when the Green & White battle the cross-town Giants at MetLife Stadium.
Enunwa, who sat out the 2017 campaign after neck surgery, and Pryor, who signed with New York's AFC representative in March and sat out all of spring drills with an ankle injury, have been taking team reps in practice and suited up for warm-ups prior to the Jets-Redskins contests Friday night at FedExField.
"It's not the practice itself. It's about the next day afterwards, so I'll see how they come around and I'll make that decision Friday night," said head coach Todd Bowles.
Safety Marcus Maye has also seen an uptick in his workload at practice. While Bowles would like to see the second-year safety dust off some rust, he said the team will take continue to take a slow approach with LT Kelvin Beachum. The veteran offensive lineman got a few more reps during Tuesday's session, but he could miss a second consecutive game.
"We're bringing him along a little slower. He's probably behind the other ones," Bowles said. "I don't need to see him play, but if he's healthy enough to play — he'll play."
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One rookie who will make his pro debut against the Giants is tight Chris Herndon. A fourth-round pick from Miami, Herndon has flashed with his route running and hands on the practice field. But camp injuries have prevented him from game action to date.
"He'll play. He's been healthy. He's been practicing very well," said Bowles. "We're just looking forward to seeing more of him. He's progressing. He hasn't had a lot of time to progress, but he's practicing hard. He just need some game experience."
Work Ethic Must Equal Talent
Veteran cornerback Morris Claiborne likes the pieces in the secondary, but he knows success won't come from what they look like on paper.
"We can do a lot of things. This group, this team can go somewhere it hasn't been in a while," he told reporters today. "We're loaded with talent on the back end, but if that talent doesn't come to work every day and give it 100 percent, that time is going to pass us by."
Sam Darnold took the vast majority of first-team reps with Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCown following in the rotation… Darnold had a wonderful back-shoulder toss to Pryor in team… Darron Lee had a pick of Bridgewater, but the cool customer came right back and threaded the needled to Charles Johnson on the ensuing play… Rookie RB Trenton Cannon was back practicing, handling the rock out of the backfield and getting some more work in on punt returns… The defensive backs were active early and often with Claiborne setting the tone, deflecting a long McCown toss intended for Robby Anderson on the first play of team drills… For the second consecutive day, Isaiah Crowell was full-go.