Sauce Gardner, New York Jets
Sauce Gardner, New York Jets (Getty Images)

Sauce Gardner will miss the Eagles game

The New York Jets just suffered another considerable blow to their defense.

Announced as officially questionable with an illness, the star cornerback Sauce Gardner was downgraded to out for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Posting on X shortly after the announcement, Gardner said he “feels perfectly fine,” which he called “the crazy part about it.”

While it is smart for the Jets to play it safe with their superstar defensive back, it is another big loss to a secondary already missing D.J. Reed and backup Brandin Echols.

With their top three cornerbacks out, the Jets now turn to Bryce Hall and newly activated Craig James as their starting outside cornerbacks. They also elevated defensive back Ke’Montae Hayes as depth for Sunday’s game.

The Jets now have to contend with shutting down arguably the best wide receiver duo in football without their starting cornerbacks. A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith have the talent to beat the best defenders lined up against them, let alone back-ups like Hall and James.

It falls to head coach Robert Saleh and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich to create a defensive game plan that can help support what looks to be a weakness on an otherwise talented Jets’ defense.

While the Eagles will inevitably score points, the Jets’ defense needs to keep the game within striking distance.

Gardner not playing this week should allow him to be ready for the team’s next game, as they have a bye week before facing the New York Giants.

In the meantime, Saleh, Ulbrich, and the Jets’ defense, lacking their two best outside cornerbacks, face arguably their toughest test in the secondary this season. 

Audio Version available to members only: Learn more here

Want More NY Jets News & Jets X-Factor Content?

Download the free Jet X Mobile App to get customizable notifications directly to your iOS (App Store) or Google/Android (Google Play) device.

Add Jets X-Factor to your Google News feed to stay up to date with the New York Jets.

Follow us on Twitter @jetsxfactor for all the latest New York Jets news, Facebook for even more, Instagram for some of the top NY Jets images, and YouTube for original Jets X-Factor videos.

Join the official Jets Discord community to connect with likeminded fans.

Brandon Pokrass
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2023, with a Communications Degree, a concentration in Multimedia Journalism, and a minor in Broadcasting. Wrote for Jets Insider for two years, previously hosted a Knicks podcast for Let's Talk Knicks, and currently contributes to Inside the Iggles. Avid movie watcher, gym goer, music listener, and MMA fan.
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments