As the Jets inch closer to their 2020 season opener Sept. 13 against the Buffalo Bills, they do so with injuries piling up in training camp. After Wednesday's practice, Jets head coach Adam Gase met with the media and provided a handful of updates on some key players' health statuses.
On Ashtyn Davis...
Davis, whom the Jets selected from California with the No. 68 overall pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, is evidently living up to Gase's expectations.
"I think he's doing exactly what we'd hoped he would do when we drafted him," Gase said of Davis. "I mean, being able to play multiple spots -- I mean, you could tell the guy is super sharp, makes a ton of plays, seems like the ball finds him, guy's just got (tons of energy).
"He's like the Energizer Bunny out there, man. He never stops. I mean, it's really impressive. I've been impressed with kind of his maturity for a rookie and he operates from day to day. I've been impressed."
On Joe Flacco...
Behind third-year starter Sam Darnold, the Jets signed veteran Joe Flacco in May with a backup expectation. Flacco (neck injury) has a Sept. 10 medical check that should clear him for the season and a Week 3 return to the Jets, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Saturday.
"Yeah, I mean, that's a discussion I'll have with Joe when we -- (general manager) Joe Douglas -- when we get together here on Friday," Gase said. "I have an idea. I just don't want to say anything when we haven't finalized anything."
On quarterback depth...
The coronavirus threat heightens a sense of urgency for depth, especially at quarterback. Behind Darnold and Flacco, the Jets have sixth-year veteran David Fales and rookie James Morgan, but the idea of a quarantine quarterback is still an option.
"Yeah, I mean, that's just something -- it's funny because we keep talking about, 'What's the best way to go about this?'" Gase said. "And you're kind of -- you don't want to be lulled to sleep of and how many positives are there around the league and start looking, but you want to be smart because you're not really sure where this is going to go.
"And we're going to start traveling to road games, staying in a hotel, coming back. This is another step we're going to have to take, which we haven't done yet, and where there's some unknown here. So that's the tough part. We've got to try to figure all this out in the next couple of days."
On Chris Herndon...
Third-year tight end Chris Herndon left Tuesday's practice with chest tightness. He was back on the field Wednesday, and Gase confirmed his status as "OK."
"I don't want to say a hundred percent fine -- I don't know that anybody's a hundred percent fine right now -- but it was good to see him out there and he seemed OK," Gase said of Herndon.
On La'Mical Perine...
La'Mical Perine, whom the Jets selected from Florida with the No. 120 overall pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, suffered a low-ankle sprain during a weekend practice. However, Gase had a promising outlook for the impressive rookie running back.
"I mean, we'll kind of see what happens here, over the next couple of days," Gase said of Perine. "I know he's making quick progress. I mean, it's probably nice when you're 22 years old and you have an injury, and young guys seem to bounce back pretty quick.
"I mean, it was about as ugly as -- you watch it on film -- it looks worse than it ended up being, I think we got really lucky and the day he's out there, it'll be a good day for us because he was having a great camp."
On Breshad Perriman...
At wide receiver, the Jets are currently decimated by a bunch of injuries. Fifth-year pro Breshad Perriman is chief among the casualties, with an experience of swelling in his knee keeping him sidelined for now.
"Yeah, I was way off on that," Gase said of Perriman's original prognosis. "I really thought he was going to be back and we're just trying to make sure that he feels good. Every time he goes out and runs, it's certain things he feels good with and then we'll have just one kind of cut or something where he's like, 'Ah,' and we've just got to keep the swelling down and get him feeling right. And we're probably being kind of precautious anyways.
"He was doing a really good job. We have confidence in his knowledge of the offense. I mean, he was a quick study, man. He did a really good job over the spring and the summer, coming out here and executing it. We've just got to make sure that he stays in shape and keep doing what we're doing and then get him back out on the field."