FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jamal Adams continues to give Jets officials the silent treatment as his relationship with the organization remains fractured.
Adam Gase said he still has not spoken to Adams, who is upset that the Jets had trade conversations about him. Adams said Wednesday that he was “hurt” and that he’s not ready to talk to Gase and general manager Joe Douglas.
“He’s focused on Miami right now,” Gase said Thursday. “He’s flying around, same energy. I like the fact that he’s focused on Miami.”
It’s not an ideal situation when a captain and team leader gives his coach and general manager the cold shoulder. Gase, though, wouldn’t say he’s concerned about it.
Gase believes Adams, who was limited in practice Thursday because of a foot issue, will be his usual self on the field Sunday when the 1-6 Jets face the winless Dolphins in Miami.
“As long as he’s focused on this game,” Gase said, “that’s all I care about.”
Adams’ behavior and feelings about the organization have led to questions about his future as a Jet.
Gase believes that Adams is one of the best players at his position, but he wouldn’t commit to saying the safety is someone you build around or a cornerstone player.
“I think he’s one of the best players we have on our roster,” Gase said. “The cornerstone and all that stuff, I don’t really know what that means. I know that we’re in a really good position with him at his spot. I feel like we have one of the upper-tier players at that position.
“It’s so hard in the NFL to say, ‘build around this guy, build around this guy’ when you’re not [talking about] a quarterback . . . I like him at his spot. I like him on our defense. I love him on our defense. He does a great job.”
Adams had his foot stepped on multiple times in practice and was pulled out for precautionary reasons.
Rookie linebacker Blake Cashman tore his labrum in practice Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season.
The Jets already were thin at inside linebacker with Avery Williamson (torn ACL), C.J. Mosley (groin), Neville Hewitt (neck/knee) and Albert McClellan (concussion) out.
“It’s not ideal,” Gase said. “Gregg’s going to have to get creative.”
Gase was referring to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He has James Burgess and probably will slide Brandon Copeland over from outside to inside linebacker The Jets also signed B.J. Bello on Wednesday.
Tight end Chris Herndon (hamstring) has gone through some team drills but still feels tightness in some moves . . . Kelvin Beachum (ankle) progressed from DNP to limited Thursday. Gase hopes he can play. Ryan Kalil (knee/elbow) and Trumaine Johnson (both ankles) didn’t practice.