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LI's Elijah Riley has impressed Jets' coach Saleh

New York Jets safety Elijah Riley celebrates after

New York Jets safety Elijah Riley celebrates after a tackle in the second half against the Texans in Houston, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021.  Credit: AP/Eric Smith

Robert Saleh said Elijah Riley has been "a ball magnet" in practice since the Jets signed him. The former Newfield star could be carving out a spot for himself beyond this season.

The Jets signed him three weeks ago from the Eagles’ practice squad. Riley, who went to Army, has started the last two games at safety and has made plays. He blew up a play for a tackle for loss on third down in Sunday’s win over the Texans.

"Elijah has been here three weeks and it seems like he’s gotten the ball more than we got all OTAs and training camp," Saleh said. "He’s been a ball magnet over the first three weeks. His superpower is his mental horsepower. He is a very smart young man. He can process very quickly."

"He does a great job communicating pre- and post-snap. He’s a hair trigger- type player in that when he sees it, he is at 100 miles an hour with the ball . . . He’s been impressive in these first three weeks and we’re excited to see him grow over these next six weeks."

Becton progressing

Mekhi Becton, who had knee surgery in September, has progressed to being able to do some work on the field, but it’s unclear when the second-year left tackle will return to practice.

Saleh said it’s contingent on Becton working through the soreness, getting back into shape and getting flexibility back. Becton was injured in Week 1.

Mims returns

Denzel Mims will come off the reserve/COVID-19 list and return to practice Wednesday after missing the past two games. Saleh said Mims worked on his conditioning last week and believes he’ll be ready to play Sunday.

Kicker competition

Matt Ammendola, who missed another field goal Sunday, may be on shaky ground. Saleh said whether he’ll be the kicker this week will be discussed. The Jets signed Alex Kessman to the practice squad last week.

"Every week’s a competition," Saleh said. "You got to earn your keep."

More injury updates

 The Jets activated Joe Flacco off the COVID-19 list. Mike White remains on the list . . . TE Trevon Wesco (ankle) will miss two to four weeks . . . WR Corey Davis (hip) is day-to-day . . . LB Quincy Williams (calf) checked out OK.

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