The status of Sam Darnold’s top target for Sunday’s game against the 49ers is up in the air.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder did not practice Thursday because of a hamstring injury. Adam Gase said Crowder was running Wednesday and pulled up with tightness. He’s being evaluated.
"We just got to see how bad it is," Gase said.
Hamstring is a nasty word for the Jets. They placed running back Le’Veon Bell and rookie wideout Denzel Mims on injured reserve this week with hamstring injuries.
Gase said Crowder isn’t a candidate for IR at this point. He also isn’t ruling him out yet for Sunday.
"We’re still evaluating him," Gase said. "If we can get him back out there, that’s a good sign. We’ll see how the rest of the week plays out."
Crowder caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown in last Sunday’s loss at Buffalo. If he can’t play, Braxton Berrios would start in the slot.
Gase: The feeling is mutual
Gase showered Christopher Johnson with love on day after the Jets CEO gave the coach a strong vote of confidence. Johnson called Gase "a brilliant offensive mind" and said he has his "full confidence" despite the offense’s struggles in 17 games under Gase and their 7-10 record.
"I love working for Christopher Johnson," Gase said. "He has been the ultimate supporter not only with our coaching staff, myself, our players, his accessibility is unbelievable. The fact that he’s here as much as he is awesome."
Avery Williamson (hamstring) had his workload and team reps increased Thursday. He was listed as limited for the second straight day, but it’s possible he could play Sunday after missing last week’s game. The Jets are short at inside linebacker.
Rookie running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) went through individual drills and some team periods for the first time in nearly three weeks. Gase said there’s a chance Perine could play this week.
Mekhi Becton, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a knee issue, practiced in full. .... Linebacker Tarell Basham (hip) was limited.