An injury-riddled secondary has forced the Jets to prepare much differently for their upcoming game with the Dolphins.
The defense is expected to be without star safety Jamal Adams and cornerbacks Brian Poole and Arthur Maulet when the Dolphins visit MetLife Stadium this weekend. Adams hasn’t practiced this week due to an ankle sprain he sustained against the Bengals last Sunday and has been labeled as “week-to-week,” while Poole is in the concussion protocol and Maulet has a calf injury.
“I mean, it changes everything for that entire secondary right now with where we’re at,” coach Adam Gase said Thursday. “We got a lot of moving pieces going around. We got to work through a lot of contingency plans. Something would happen to one guy, it could start a chain reaction.”
But as dismal as their situation is, Gase is particularly confident in Marcus Maye’s ability to anchor the secondary come Sunday. The Jets’ second-round pick in 2017 has been a consistent presence on the field this season and will be challenged in the absence of Adams.
“I think he has really done a good job of diving into this defense and knowing all the ins and outs,” Gase said of Maye. “I think those two guys play off each other very well. I think at the end of the day, they could be interchangeable if that was our choice. I think it’s hard to take Jamal out of where he’s really mean having so much success.
“But I also think Marcus does a great job with what we ask him to do. I think he is one of the sharpest guys I’ve been around, as far as knowing what the linebackers do, what the D-line does. Like he knows all the little details of the whole defense.”
With the recent snowfall, the Jets have been forced to practice inside rather than outside.
Gase said if the grounds crew cleans off the outdoor fields, then the grass could potentially be crushed and ruined. Since he hopes to get a couple more weeks outdoors, Gase said they’ve elected not to clean off the grass.
“We’d rather be outside,” Gase said. “But it’s one of those things where we can get two more weeks outside, or if we wipe off the field, that might be it, we won’t be able to go out there again.
“That’s something that we’ve talked about, we’re really going to dig into in the offseason. Kind of started last offseason, [talking about] how we can be outside as much as possible.”
Adams (ankle), Maulet (calf), RB Le’Veon Bell (illness) CB Maurice Canady (illness), RT Chuma Edoga (knee) and FS Matthias Farley (rib) did not practice Thursday. DL Steve McLendon (knee/hip) was questionable to practice, but ended up practicing on a limited basis. DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), OL Kelvin Beachum (ankle) and Alex Lewis (elbow), TE Ryan Griffin (illness), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and LB Paul Worrilow (quad) were all limited.
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