Adam Gase sounded like a coach who wants to keep Jamal Adams around.
Gase raved about the Jets’ Pro Bowl safety, describing him as one of the elite players in the league at his position the day after Adams continued to express his disenchantment with general manager Joe Douglas for engaging with teams in trade talks for him before Tuesday’s deadline after they discussed him staying with the team long-term.
“I think he does a lot of things that put us in really good positions,” Gase said of Adams. “I think he’s one of the best players we have on our roster. I know that we’re in really good position with him at his spot. I feel like we have one of the upper-tier players at that position. … I love him in our defense. He’s done a great job.”
On Wednesday, Adams said he declined to sit down with Gase and Douglas to clear the air because he wasn’t ready, his emotions still raw. Gase said he still hasn’t talked to Adams, and while he stopped short of calling Adams a “cornerstone” player or someone to build around for the future, the Jets’ first-year coach sang his praises and doesn’t expect the situation to be a distraction.
“I know this: He’s focused on Miami right now,” Gase said. “He practiced well (Wednesday). He went out there, was flying around, same energy.”
When told Adams was upset, Gase responded: “I think we’re all upset. We’re 1-6.”
The Jets’ inside linebacker situation continues to worsen. Rookie Blake Cashman is done for the year due to a shoulder injury, The Post’s Brian Costello confirmed. Cashman suffered the injury on Wednesday and was evaluated Thursday morning.
“It wasn’t like a big collision, just working a drill and just contact and he got pulled out,” Gase said.
Neville Hewitt (stinger) also did not practice on Thursday. Cashman and Hewitt began the summer as backups. Avery Williamson tore his ACL in the preseason and C.J. Mosley remains out with a groin injury.
“It’s not ideal,” Gase said. “[Defensive coordinator] Gregg [Williams] is going to have to get creative.”
It sounds like tight end Chris Herndon’s status for Sunday remains up in the air. He was slated to be limited in practice again on Thursday. Herndon has yet to play in game this season, after missing the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. While away, he suffered a hamstring injury that has yet to fully heal.
“I’m still waiting to kind of see him feel good about everything, whether it’s running across the field with that burst we’ve all seen in practice, the vertical speed,” Gase said. “I’m trying to make sure we don’t set him back.”
For more on Jamal Adams and the Jets, listen to the latest episode of the “Gang’s All Here” podcast: