Muhammad Wilkerson said Jets players aren't upset about Geno Smith missing a pregame meeting Saturday night in San Diego and starting the following day.
"No, it was a mistake on his behalf. And things like that happen," Wilkerson, the Jets' defensive leader, said Tuesday during his weekly WFAN radio spot. "He got mixed up with the times. That's something we can't say that was what caused us to lose the game . . . That was a mistake by him, like I said, and that's not like Geno to be late for anything. So that has nothing do with anything."
While the Jets were in a mandatory pregame team meeting, Smith was at the movies. He called it an "honest mistake" and said his absence was because of confusion over a three-hour time zone change. He arrived five or 10 minutes after the 10-minute meeting ended.
On Sunday, the Jets (1-4) were embarrassed, 31-0, by the Chargers (4-1). And, according to Wilkerson, the Jets will need to play a "perfect" game against Denver on Sunday. Still, he's confident the Jets will keep their season from spiraling further.
"We can put our heads in between our legs right now and lose the rest of this season, or we can keep coming in each and every day to work hard," he said. "Now is not the time to crack and turn our backs toward each other or start pointing the finger."
The Jets released cornerback LeQuan Lewis from the practice squad and signed cornerback DaShaun Phillips to the practice squad . . . Aaron Berry reportedly worked out for the Jets. The cornerback signed with the team in October 2012, but tore his ACL during 2013 training camp . . . Jets 2013 sixth-round pick Will Campbell was signed to Buffalo's practice squad.