Sam Darnold practiced in full on Thursday, a sign that he is trending toward returning on Sunday.
Darnold has missed the last two games with a sprained right shoulder and was limited in practice on Wednesday. He has said he is feeling better, but before he returns, he said he needs to be confident that his shoulder can take a hit.
Because there is no hitting in practice, it’s going to be up to Darnold to determine whether he feels comfortable that he can withstand a hit or being driven to the hard turf Sunday when the Jets host the Dolphins.
Adam Gase has said this will be a group decision made by the doctors, training staff, front office and Darnold. The Jets are not going to put him in harm’s way, not with an 0-10 record.
Darnold has said he wants to return regardless of the Jets’ record and that his "worst nightmare" is sitting out if he’s physically able to play. Gase has said he’d like to see Darnold play with the starting receiving corps of Jamison Crowder, Breshad Perriman and Denzel Mims.
That trio has been on the field together only in the past two games. Joe Flacco started those two games and threw five touchdown passes. Darnold has thrown three all season.
Loggains still calling plays
Gase said offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains will continue to call plays. On the CBS telecast last week, it appeared that Gase was calling them, but he said he’s "sending things in" and helping with "some situational stuff."
"There’s certain things where he’s like, ‘Take a look at some of these third-down situations,’ and I’m able to call a couple of those or some two-minute stuff,’’ Gase said. "I enjoy doing that. The fact that we can work like that, I think that’s unique and it’s fun that we’re able to work like that."
RT George Fant (ankle/knee) didn’t practice for the second straight day. LB Patrick Onwuasor, who was limited Wednesday because of a hamstring issue, didn’t practice Thursday . . . Two Jets rookies lead AFC Pro Bowl voting at their positions: tackle Mekhi Becton and punter Braden Mann.