Jermaine Johnson eager for Jets return after strong start

Jermaine Johnson eager for Jets return after strong start

Jermaine Johnson appeared able to make his huge transfer. 

Then an ankle harm restricted his mobility. 

The Jets’ rookie defensive finish — the third of the three 2022 first-round picks — is ready to return Sunday towards the Payments from a three-game absence that interrupted his improvement. Johnson was injured one recreation after he matched an early career-high with 4 tackles, together with his first sack, Oct. 2 towards the Steelers. 

“I used to be getting heat. I may inform,” Johnson informed The Submit. “Each recreation I used to be getting extra comfy, making extra performs, however I don’t suppose I’m going to overlook a beat.” 

The Jets pulled from their depth and traded edge rusher Jacob Martin to the Broncos as a part of a draft-pick swap earlier this week. The transfer ought to create extra enjoying time for Johnson, who was averaging about 20 snaps per recreation earlier than his harm.

The Jets’ Jermaine Johnson celebrates after a play towards the Cincinnati Bengals in a recreation at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 25, 2022.Getty Photographs

Jets defensive finish Jermaine Johnson is taken off the sector on a cart after being injured through the fourth quarter towards the Dolphins.Invoice Kostroun/New York Submit

“That simply reveals the boldness that the entrance workplace and the coaches have within the different defensive guys within the room,” Johnson stated. “I wasn’t considering, ‘Extra of a possibility for me.’ I used to be considering for all of us as a result of all of us share quite a lot of snaps.”

Johnson took a veteran’s strategy to being sidelined. 

“I used to be ensuring I stayed locked into the conferences and was taking notes, so when my physique comes again my thoughts doesn’t must catch up as a result of I used to be there the entire time,” Johnson stated. “As quickly as my ankle would permit it, I used to be again to full velocity. The arrogance continues to be there. I can’t wait to assist this group go get wins.” 

Head coach Robert Saleh described Johnson’s pass-rush capability as “misleading.” 

“I joke with him that he sort of fell into the proper scenario the place there’s not quite a lot of strain for him to go produce,” Saleh stated. “He was producing fairly properly after which he received harm, however I’m excited for him to get again on monitor. He’s going to have a extremely cool second half of the season. I believe he’ll play properly this week. The extra reps he will get, he’s going to be a extremely good soccer participant.”

Saleh stays assured that quarterback Zach Wilson goes to return out the opposite aspect after per week of heavy criticism. His advice? Keep off social media. 

“It’s freaking hurtful among the stuff folks say,” Saleh stated, “however I believe he’s high quality.” 

In a candid second, Saleh revealed that he thought TikTok movies “had been the funniest factor on the planet” when “there was nothing else to do” through the stay-at-home section of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

John Franklin-Myers stated he was not fined by the NFL for the roughing-the-passer penalty that worn out teammate Michael Carter’s interception return for a landing and completely modified the momentum of the loss to the Patriots final week. NFL gamers usually are knowledgeable of penalty-based fines on Thursdays. 

WR Corey Davis (knee) won’t play Sunday. Saleh declined to substantiate an NFL Community report that Davis is coping with an MCL sprain. LT Duane Brown, S Lamarcus Joyner and TE C.J. Uzomah all are anticipated to play. They had been full members Friday after limitations in follow earlier within the week. Security Jordan Poyer (elbow) is out, and OT Spencer Brown and LB Matt Milano are questionable for the Payments.

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