FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Adam Gase sounded optimistic about C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams being available for Monday night's game against the Cleveland Browns
Mosley left Sunday’s loss to the Bills with a groin injury; Williams exited with a sprained ankle. But Gase said both are “progressing very fast” and “it’s giving us good hope” that they can play on Monday. Having that extra day and a half could work to the Jets’ advantage.
The Jets struggled mightily on defense when Mosley left the game late in the third quarter, allowing two long fourth-quarter touchdown drives in a one-point defeat. With Mosley, the defense allowed only three points and forced four turnovers. Mosley had two takeaways — an interception he returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery.
Jamal Adams also missed practice because of a sore hip/back that Gase said worsened since the game. But Gase didn’t seem concerned that Adams would miss the game.
Sam Darnold came to practice, but he was sent home by the training staff because he has strep throat.
“He’s still kind of contagious,” Gase said, “so we had to send him home.”
Gase said Darnold will be fine for Monday.
Gase criticized his receivers in general, and seemed to be singling out Robby Anderson in particular on Monday for not sprinting on a route late in Sunday’s game. Darnold’s throw was long and Anderson appeared to pull up. Gase addressed it in a team meeting.
“We're all grown men,” Anderson said. “What he says to you all he says to us. We can take that. We can be held accountable. We’re not kids. We can handle that.”
Speaking of that specific play, Anderson said, “We didn’t connect. We’ll connect in the future.”
Sam Ficken made all of his field-goal attempts during his tryout Tuesday to earn the Jets' kicking job. He’s the fourth kicker the Jets have had since August and is confident he will stick.
“I feel really good,” Ficken said. “I’m hitting the ball really well. I’m confident in my swing. These guys had a great first day with me. I’m confident with my operation. We’ll make the most of it.”
Ficken said the plan is to kick inside MetLife Stadium before Monday’s game. The Jets wanted to do that with Kaare Vedvik last week, but they were unable to because the U.S Men’s National Soccer Team had a game there and the goalposts were removed. Vedvik missed his only field=-goal attempt and extra point Sunday
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