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Clemson's Trevor Lawrence 'likely' entering NFL Draft

Clemson quarterbackTrevor Lawrence warms up before a game

Clemson quarterbackTrevor Lawrence warms up before a game at Virginia Tech on Dec. 5, 2020. Credit: AP/Matt Gentry

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence doesn’t sound like he plans to stay in college to avoid playing for the Jets.

"I think I’m ready," Lawrence said on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday. "Just being here at Clemson, my journey has taught me a lot, I’ve grown up a lot the past few years. I’m really just ready to take on whatever challenge it is."

There has been speculation that Lawrence may stay in school rather than play for the Jets. But Lawrence said he "likely" will forego his senior year and enter the NFL draft, although he added: "I don’t want to completely shut any door."

The Jets are winless with three games remaining. They can assure themselves of getting the No. 1 pick in the draft by dropping those three. Jacksonville is right behind the Jets with one win.

Patrick asked Lawrence if he has watched the Jets at all this season. When Lawrence laughed and said he hadn’t, Patrick interjected, "Don’t." Lawrence said he’s seen some highlights of their games before reiterating that he’s not shying away from any situation.

"Just to have an opportunity to go somewhere, help someone rebuild if that’s what it is or whatever and just win, that’s something I love doing," Lawrence said. "That’s what I’m best at is winning. Regardless of stats, whatever it is, that’s what I love.

"To have that chance, some places it will be more of a challenge than others, but I think I’m up for it. That will get here when it’s here. I’m just trying to focus now on being great where I’m at."

Sam Darnold is the Jets quarterback. They belief is the Jets will trade Darnold for draft capital if they can draft Lawrence.

Mims returns

Rookie receiver Denzel Mims rejoined the Jets on Wednesday after going to Texas last week to attend to a family emergency in Texas.

Mims returned to New Jersey on Friday, but he was unable to play in Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. Mims needed to test negative for COVID-19 for five consecutive days before he was allowed back in the building. Mims practiced on Wednesday.

"It was pretty tough, just knowing I’m healthy to play," Mims said. "I wasn’t able to play with the team, watching them play a very good team. It was tough seeing that. I wished I was there."

Jenkins on IR

Linebacker Jordan Jenkins (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve, ending his season and perhaps his Jets’ career. The longest-tenured Jet signed a one-year deal in the spring.

Two-minute drill

Jamison Crowder has issues in both calves and didn’t practice Wednesday. But Adam Gase "feels good about" Crowder participating in practice Thursday . . . The Jets designated running back La’Mical Perine (ankle) and kicker Sam Ficken (groin) to return from IR.

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