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Avery Williamson echoes Bradley McDougald’s ‘slow’ Jets practice concerns

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New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson hopped on WFAN Tuesday to echo Bradley McDougald‘s concerns over practice.

Avery Williamson just added fuel to the fire—perhaps a good thing in New York Jets land.

While on WFAN’s Joe and Evan Tuesday afternoon, the Jets inside linebacker echoed concerns Bradley McDougald expressed following the team’s 31-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday.

“We talking ’bout practice.”

McDougald told SNY’s Jeane’ Coakley that the Jets weren’t winning practice after Sunday’s game. He mentioned that previous practice weeks have been “slow” and that they need to get it into gear in a hurry.

Williamson, when asked by Joe Benigno if he agreed, did … somewhat.

“I definitely can agree with him at times,” Williamson said. “Sometimes in practice, guys are missing tackles or we’re not doing things right, we haven’t been as crisp as we should be at times. Or starting fast – he’s definitely correct that at times, we don’t start fast at practice. We haven’t the last two weeks, but that’s something we have to fix ourselves because you can’t come out sluggish in games and expect to win. It’s tough to recover when a team you’re playing is that good.”

Of course, everybody in the world knows whose shoulders need to carry such a sentiment. Adam Gase’s seat is beyond red-hot and these public words won’t do anything to help his cause.

It seems as though at least two players are rallying around the idea that it starts during the week.

“Yeah, I mean, we have to fix it,” Williamson said. “Thankfully, we have another opportunity to do it. I’m just going to go out there and make sure I have positive energy, and hold myself and my teammates accountable to make sure we are better in practice. You have to make sure everyone is doing their part, because we have to win some games, and it starts on Wednesdays.”

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Williamson played just 17 snaps in his first game back since tearing his ACL in Atlanta during the preseason last year. Alec Ogletree received the bulk of the work alongside Neville Hewitt, and things didn’t exactly go swimmingly.

Raheem Mostert took a pitch to the house for 80 yards on the first play of the game. Williamson was on the sideline when it happened.

The Jets get back to practice Wednesday in Florham Park, NJ with an eye on picking up their first win of the season against the Indianapolis Colts this coming Sunday.

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