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2 starting linemen return to NY Jets’ team drills at practice

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The New York Jets’ offensive and defensive lines received big additions in team drills

The New York Jets are getting some key reinforcements back onto the field.

At Wednesday’s practice, defensive tackle Quinnen Williams made his return to team drills after missing a few days with an ankle injury. Williams did not play in the team’s Monday preseason game against the Falcons (although most starters sat out anyway) and also missed a few days of practice near the end of the previous week, including a couple of joint practices with Atlanta.

The big news of the day is that left tackle Duane Brown made his debut in team drills. Brown has been practicing, but the Jets were simply taking a slow ramp-up approach with the soon-to-be 37-year-old offensive lineman. Today marks Brown’s first appearance in 11-on-11s, as well as the first time in which the Jets’ new set of starting-five offensive linemen have all practiced together.

The Jets are preparing to meet up with the crosstown rival New York Giants for a joint practice on Thursday. The practice will take place at the Giants’ practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Unlike the Jets’ previous get-together with the Falcons, the Jets and Giants will hold just one joint practice as opposed to two.

This will be the first joint practice between the Jets and Giants since 2005, when the two teams engaged in an infamous brawl.

New York will meet New York in the annual “Snoopy Bowl” on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET for each team’s preseason finale. The Jets are expected to treat the game as their dress rehearsal, giving ample playing time to their starters.

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1 year ago

Duane Brown is getting older by the day…he’ll be 37 this month lol. I’m glad he’s back, and I think it’s smart to play the starters for a quarter-ish. It would be different if some were playing and others were not but since it’s a true “gear up” game, let’s have them knock off some rust. They can’t be scared to get better, and yes, injuries happen but they could happen in practice too. This team needs to get it together.