Jets X-Factor’s New York Jets practice notes for a Tuesday at camp details Sam Darnold‘s plight as well as more injuries.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ—Another episode of the walking wounded hit a practice field near you on Tuesday, and as expected, it was a thriller with plenty of surprises and disappointments.
Jamison Crowder, Braxton Berrios, Chris Herndon and Chris Hogan all left practice early due to injury, New York Jets head coach Adam Gase told the media.
This left Sam Darnold with Jehu Chesson, Josh Malone and undrafted free agent George Campbell as the only healthy wideouts towards the end of practice (with Donte Moncrief on his way). Despite the unfortunate circumstances, young Darnold hit Chesson on a back-shoulder play during a two-minute drill that ended team sessions that helped set up a potential simulated game-winning field goal.
Sam Darnold finds Jehu Chesson in a hurry-up situation to set up field goal. Nice decision, nice throw. Recognized coverage. #Jets
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) September 1, 2020
How can Gase make things work for Darnold with the sheer number of injuries?
“Today was a good example when we did that two-minute drive,” Gase told the media after practice, “Sam (Darnold) went out there, confident, trusted those guys who were with him. I don’t think any of those three really have been playing the positions they’ve normally been playing with him, and he figured out a way to move the ball and finish that two-minute drive.”
Incredibly, there’s nothing out of the ordinary at practice that could possibly explain the injuries. Each practice showcases a regular NFL-type session. Even the pre-practice routine is as usual as it can possibly get.
“I do think we’re not the only ones,” Gase said about his team’s injuries. “There are a lot of teams in the league right now who are dealing with all kinds of injuries. I don’t think it’s being publicized as much … as you guys get to see this everyday.”
7 on 7 Struggles
Positionals ruled the practice for the most part. Special teams also played a large role. But when the team broke off into 7-on-7, Darnold and the offense struggled.