After struggling an harm in the course of the Oct. 23 recreation in opposition to the Broncos, Jets broad receiver Corey Davis mentioned he didn’t think about it critical.
Almost a month later, Gang Inexperienced continues to be ready for his return to the sector.
Davis will miss his third consecutive recreation this Sunday in opposition to the Patriots as he’s nonetheless recovering from a knee harm that saved him sidelined within the first recreation in opposition to New England and the Buffalo Payments. The 27-year-old didn’t follow in any respect this week, as he was seen working with trainers in the course of the media availability portion of follow on Thursday.
In seven video games this season, Davis has recorded 19 catches for 351 yards and two touchdowns. With Davis out once more this week, the Jets will seemingly begin Denzel Mims, who has began the final couple of video games.
After requesting a commerce in the course of the preseason, Mims was inactive for the season’s first six video games. Then following Elijah Moore’s commerce request, Mims has performed within the final three video games with 4 catches for 92 yards.
Jets coach Robert Saleh says he’s optimistic that Davis will return quickly, however he mentioned the identical factor earlier than the staff’s recreation in opposition to the Payments two weeks in the past.
“While you’re coping with these knee sprains, they heal otherwise,” Saleh mentioned. “I believe we’re actually, actually assured in his capability to get again with us subsequent week.
“However proper now, it’s unlucky he’s out.”
Gang Inexperienced might additionally search for a option to get Moore again concerned within the offense. After recording 43 receptions for 538 yards and 5 TDs as a rookie, Moore’s position within the Jets offense has been dramatically diminished.
Days after not receiving a single goal in the course of the victory in opposition to the Packers on Oct. 16, Moore requested for a commerce and the staff despatched him dwelling and made him inactive for his or her subsequent recreation in opposition to the Broncos. Moore returned to the staff per week later in opposition to the Patriots however has solely been focused as soon as within the final two video games.
He has 16 catches for 203 yards and no touchdowns in eight video games this 12 months.
“He has a terrific mindset, and when his time comes, he’s going to be there to make a play,” Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur mentioned.
The information seems to be higher for proper guard Nate Herbig, as he’s listed as questionable to play in opposition to the Patriots due to a shin harm. He was restricted throughout Friday’s follow.
Nevertheless, Saleh mentioned Herbig needs to be “able to roll.” Herbig’s shin triggered him to overlook follow on Wednesday and Thursday.
Left deal with Duane Brown’s standing (shoulder) can be questionable, however he’ll seemingly play after being restricted in follow earlier this week. Defensive deal with Sheldon Rankins, who injured his elbow within the 20-17 victory in opposition to the Payments, is not going to play in opposition to the Patriots.
Rankins will reportedly be out for 4 to 6 weeks. Nevertheless, the Jets are optimistic that he gained’t should be positioned on injured reserve.
BENEFIT OF MEANINGFUL GAMES
A 12 months in the past right now, the Jets had been 2-8 and headed towards a top-five decide within the 2022 NFL Draft. Quick ahead to 2022 and never solely are the Jets in the midst of a playoff race within the AFC at 6-3, however with a win in opposition to the Patriots Sunday, they will lead the division.
Coming into Week 11, the AFC East is the lone division within the NFL that has all 4 groups that may at present qualify for the playoffs. The Dolphins can be the No. 2 seed within the AFC, whereas the Jets, Payments and Patriots can be the fifth, sixth and seventh seeds.
Since he’s taken over as Jets coach, Saleh believed the staff would play significant soccer video games in December. A win in opposition to New England wouldn’t solely snap a 13-game dropping streak to the rival Patriots but additionally put the staff one step nearer to Saleh’s imaginative and prescient when he took over.
“It’s simpler to speak to guys,” Saleh mentioned about having a staff three video games over .500. “Everyone knows we aren’t simply going to ram our heads right into a wall as it’s extra rewarding to play for greater than only a paycheck.
“While you’re taking part in for greater than only a paycheck, it’s a lot simpler to point out tape and everyone seems to be extra coachable, coaches are extra coachable, all of us wish to discover methods to get higher. That’s the simple half.
“It simply continues to assist us discover methods to get higher. I believe anytime you play for only a paycheck, it’s rewarding.”