The hits just keep coming to the Jets secondary.
Marcus Maye, the Jets’ franchise-tagged safety and on of the top defensive players, is expected to be sidelined for three-to-four weeks with an ankle injury, The Post’s Brian Costello confirmed Wednesday. With Lamarcus Joyner suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Week 1, the Jets are now without both their starting safeties heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Titans at MetLife Stadium.
The 28-year-old Maye has taken every defensive snap for the Jets through their 0-3 start. He was able to finish Sunday’s 26-0 loss to the Broncos, in which he registered seven solo tackles, but his ankle swelled up after the game.
“Should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline,” Maye’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, wrote on Twitter.
Jarrod Wilson and Adrian Colbert are currently the only active safeties on the Jets’ roster. Ashtyn Davis (foot) and Sharrod Neasman (hamstring) returned to practice on Wednesday, giving the Jets 21 days to activate them from injured reserve. Sheldrick Redwine, who was waived and re-signed to the practice squad last week, is also available.
It’s unclear if the 24-year-old Davis will be ready to play Sunday against the Titans. Either way, the Jets secondary somehow just got even younger.
“We’re really excited to get Ashtyn back,” coach Robert Saleh said of Davis, who has been working his way back from a foot injury he sustained late last season. “We were high on him in San Fran, thought he had great red-line to red-line speed. He’s very smart, his speed shows up on tape, so he’s got great play speed. He’s a grinder, he’s a hard hitter and like I said, the mental makeup.
“So he’s been fantastic since OTAs, even though he hasn’t even been able to get on the field, just as communications, asking questions in the meetings, the walkthroughs, his attention to detail.”
The Jets have been outscored by a whopping 50 points so far this season, but Saleh isn’t pointing fingers at his offensive coordinator.
In fact, the coach complimented Mike LaFleur.
“I thought he’s done a good job,” Saleh said Wednesday. “When things work, you’re a genius. When they don’t, you’re an idiot. And that’s what it is, that’s the NFL, forever and a day. You look at the play-calling, if you want to ever come sit down with me, I’ll go right through a game with you and just show the thoughtfulness and the calls and the things that are happening and the opportunities that are out there.”
A first-time play-caller, LaFleur has coached the Jets’ offense to an embarrassing 6.7 points per game average so far. The Jets have also had incredibly sluggish starts, registering just one field goal in the first half of the first three games. Naturally, the Jets are dead last in the NFL in points scored and by a large margin (the Jets have 20 points, while the Bears have 40). They are also 30th in passing yards and 29th in rushing.
“Now, are there things that he needs to fix? Absolutely,” Saleh said. “There’s a couple things where there’s no need to put the offense in a situation with a certain play-call. But at the same time, he’s also put the offense in situations to be successful and there’s times where the offense has bailed out a call.
“Once it all clicks, people will start to appreciate the job he’s doing.”
WR Elijah Moore (concussion) and WR Jeff Smith (concussion) did not practice. WR Jamison Crowder (groin) and Tyler Kroft (rib) were limited.