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Jets Q&A: Trumaine Johnson doesn't feel vindication from bounce-back game

Cornerback makes two interceptions after suffering through rough first season with the Jets.

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson celebrates his interception of

Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson celebrates his interception of a pass by Bills quarterback Josh Allen during the first half of a game Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. Photo Credit: AP/Jeffrey T. Barnes

Did cornerback Trumaine Johnson feel any redemption or vindication after this game?

Johnson picked off Josh Allen twice, including on the Bills’ final possession to clinch the win. The Jets’ big offseason signing has had a rough year with injuries and getting beaten. He also committed a 15-yard facemask penalty on Tennessee’s winning drive last week. But Johnson downplayed the idea of redemption or getting the fans off his back for a week.

“I’m just happy we finished,” he said. “It’s not about me. I just made some plays. It’s not about me.

“I don’t pay no mind to it. I never paid no mind to it in St. Louis, in L.A., now in New York. It is what it is. They love you, they hate you and they love you again. Keep that same energy.”

Why did Jordan Jenkins return to the game so quickly after being classified as doubtful with an ankle injury?

Jenkins was “enraged” because he thought Dion Dawkins’ play, which briefly knocked him out of the game, was dirty. Jenkins said he didn’t want to sit out, so he got taped up and came back.

He had plenty to say about Dawkins' chop block on the Bills’ first offensive play, and Jenkins said he threatened Buffalo’s tackle.

“As I was running inside [to the locker room], all the Buffalo fans are laughing and jeering, and I was like, ‘That could have ended my career and these cats are sitting here laughing.’ While I’m inside, I’m seething, I’m thinking I want to keep playing and I heard they scored and I was [ticked] off I was inside.

“I wasn’t going to sit inside. I needed new tape. I needed some tape and I was ready to roll.

“That kind of play is not what you need to see. That’s real dirty. That could be career-ending. You don’t do that to guys. You don’t dive at somebody’s ankles. That’s classless. That’s some punk stuff right there.

“The next play, I said, ‘Don’t do that.’ I said, ‘I’ll kill you if you do that. You could have ended my career.’ I was enraged.”

With the Jets trailing by three points and 1:22 remaining, did Todd Bowles consider a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1?

Not at all, he said. The play was for an outside zone run with Elijah McGuire, who replaced Isaiah Crowell after he left with a foot issue.

“We hadn’t run the outside zone the whole game,” McGuire said. “It started out front with those guys getting in their blocks, me being patient. I found that hole and got in there.

“It’s all about determination. Those guys up front told the coach let’s run the ball and they had a fire burning inside of them that they were confident we would get in there, and we did just that. We got in there.”

What was Bowles’ reaction to Darron Lee's suspension?
He was very upset that Lee violated the league’s substance-abuse policy and received a four-game ban, ending his season. A first-round pick in 2016, Lee had shown improvement this year. The Jets have until May 3 to pick up the fifth-year option on his contract.

“It’s very disappointing,” Bowles said. “I’m very close with Darron. I’m very close with a lot of guys on the team. He made a big mistake. Only time will tell whether he’ll learn from it or not.”

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