FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The Jets will have to wait until Sunday morning to find out if they’ll have one of their key defensive pieces in their attempt to win their first game in 12 tries against Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley, who injured his hamstring Week 5 against the Falcons in London, "is going to go down to the wire," coach Robert Saleh said, adding that the final determination will happen during Sunday morning’s workout. The call, Saleh said, will ultimately be Mosley’s to make.
"He’s such a seasoned veteran and he’s been through these situations, so really, it’s relying on the player to make the sound decision for not only himself, but the organization and the team," Saleh said Friday before practice. "You also don’t want to go out there, play the first series and now you’re out and now our depth is hit. But C.J. is very smart, he’s been working relentlessly and if he’s feeling it on Sunday, he’ll be rolling."
After playing only two games in the previous two seasons (due to a groin injury and then a COVID-19 opt out), Mosley has been the Jets' most prolific defender, playing close to 99% of their snaps. He has been in on 45 tackles this season, with a sack and a forced fumble. If he can’t go, the load will fall on rookie Jamien Sherwood, a part of the Jets’ youth movement, and a key cog that figures to be part of the franchise’s future for years to come, Saleh said.
"We’re really excited about Jamien," Saleh said. "He’s a rookie, so maybe what he lacks in experience he makes up for with his smarts, mental quickness, just an understanding of football … He’s one of the guys that I think is going to be a staple here for a while. He’s very talented, he studies his butt off and he is one of the [best linebackers] for his size right now, and he’ll get bigger when he gets an NFL offseason and a meal plan, but his ability to uncoil and tackle people is one of the best in the draft, so he doesn’t give up very many leaky yards. He belongs, let’s just say that, and he’s only going to get better."
Trade deadline looms. With the NFL trade deadline coming Nov. 2, Saleh said he and his team are blocking out the noise — even as rumors circle around veterans such as safety Marcus Maye and wide receiver Jamison Crowder.
"Focus on things that you have control over," Saleh said. "Every second you spend focusing on things you have no control over, you’re taking away from your ability to dominate the controllable so that the message is ignore the noise."
Crowder added it was "something I don’t pay attention to," even as he understands that the Jets currently are trying to build with younger players. "You come out each day and prepare for this week."
Maye said Thursday that he wanted to stick with the Jets, though his agent previously implied on Twitter that he’d be seeking a trade.
Kroft out. Tight end Tyler Kroft (back) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.