FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The odds of the Jets overtaking Tom Brady and the powerhouse Patriots on their home turf were listed as long Friday morning. And later in the day, after the final injury report came out, it looked as if the 22-point line was charitable.
Besides the given of mono-stricken quarterback Sam Darnold missing his second straight game Sunday, the 0-2 Jets will have some significant cleats to fill on defense.
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) is out. Middle linebacker C.J. Mosley (groin) and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (ankle) are doubtful and could miss a second straight game.
Starting defensive lineman Steve McLendon (hip) is questionable. So is slot cornerback Brian Poole (groin). So are three of the five starting offensive linemen: guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), who didn’t practice Friday and was added to the report, guard Brian Winters (shoulder) and left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle).
In all, 13 Jets are listed as questionable, doubtful or out. Tight end Chris Herndon and outside linebacker Brandon Copeland still are suspended. Inside linebacker Avery Williamson (knee) already is gone for the year.
But coach Adam Gase always preaches: “So what? Now what?”
“The thing that I love about the ‘So what? Now what?’ thing is like when someone goes down or we reach adversity, we can’t change what happened,” defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “We’ve just got to move on to the next thing and allow the next guy to step up and trust that that next guy stepping up is going to do his job.”
The Jets have their bye after this game. They hope Darnold can return for Week 5 at Philadelphia and hope the same for Mosley.
“He’s the quarterback of our defense, a guy [who’s] a multi-Pro Bowler, all that,” Gase said. “He’s one of the leaders of our group . . . I think Neville [Hewitt] has done a great job moving over to that spot and doing everything he can with the knowledge that he has.”
With Mosley out, rookie Blake Cashman has seen time at the other inside linebacker spot.
“Every week I felt like I’ve been learning a lot more, especially from the vets,” Cashman said. “Just getting real game experience has definitely helped.”
The Patriots have won their first two games by 33-3 and 43-0. Asked if the Jets believe they can win this game against the defending champs, Cashman said, “Yes.”
“We’re going to prepare to win,” Williams said, “and that’s what we’re expecting to go there and do.”
Notes & quotes: Receiver Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is doubtful. Running back/kick returner Trenton Cannon (ankle, hamstring), receiver Josh Bellamy (shoulder) and safety/special teamer Rontez Miles (hip) are questionable . . . Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Brady has helped his children’s foundation with signed memorabilia for auction. “He’s a good friend,” he said, “except not on that [game] day.”