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‘If he performs, we’re going to hit him’


Coming into Sunday’s matchup, the Jets aren’t the one staff that has some questions on the quarterback place.

Bears quarterback Justin Fields has been restricted in follow this week after separating his non-throwing shoulder throughout final weekend’s 27-24 loss to the Falcons. Though Gang Inexperienced has been getting ready for each Fields and his backup Trevor Siemian, the general goal will stay the identical for the staff.

“If he performs, we’ll hit him,” Jets coach Robert Saleh mentioned about Fields. “If he doesn’t play, we’ll do our greatest to hit the following man.”

After struggling throughout his rookie season, Fields has emerged as of late. In 11 video games, he has thrown for 1,642 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Fields has additionally rushed for 834 yards and 7 touchdowns.

It’s value noting the Jets might have chosen Fields with the second total decide within the 2021 NFL Draft. However the staff determined to take Zach Wilson as a substitute, whom the Jets simply benched for backup Mike White regardless of Wilson going 5-2 in his seven begins this season.

Wilson struggled with mechanics together with consistency within the passing recreation. Within the seven video games he performed after coming back from his meniscus damage, Wilson threw for 1,297 yards, 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.

“The apparent is the flexibility to run,” Jets defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich mentioned about Fields. “He’s in all probability some of the dynamic runners and that’s not simply as a quarterback, that’s as a large receiver, operating again, regardless of the case could also be, within the NFL proper now.

“Then past that, is a man with phenomenal arm expertise, which he doesn’t get sufficient credit score for. I feel he’s rising so far as seeing the sport and understanding the sport. However the arm expertise is completely there, he can throw a deep ball, he has nice contact and really feel and energy and he has receivers that can go and get it.

“He’s a really attention-grabbing problem for us and it’s completely different from what we’ve confronted from week to week. We now have some expertise in defending that.”

Whichever quarterback performs Sunday will face a Jets protection that’s among the finest within the league in sacking the quarterback. Gang Inexperienced is tied for fourth in sacks (32). The Jets protection additionally ranks ninth in yards allowed per recreation (310.5) and factors allowed (18.6).

The Jets didn’t permit an offensive landing within the 10-3 loss to the Patriots final Sunday. The Inexperienced and White additionally sacked Mac Jones six occasions and held New England to 99 yards speeding. The sport’s solely landing got here on Marcus Jones’ punt return with 5 seconds left within the recreation.

Though the Jets had one in every of their greatest performances of the season, the variety of missed tackles caught out and is a side the staff is hoping to scrub up Sunday.

“I feel whatever the rating or the general efficiency, you’re on the lookout for each inch on learn how to get higher,” Ulbrich mentioned. “The tackling is unquestionably an space we need to be higher, we take quite a lot of pleasure in and we work at it quite a bit.

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“We in all probability commit extra time than most to it. The truth that we didn’t sort out to our expectations it was disappointing and it was one thing we completely addressed this week and devoted quite a lot of time to it. So hopefully, we get it improved.”

After not taking part in for a month, Jets huge receiver Corey Davis will make his return to the sphere in opposition to the Bears.

Davis injured his knee within the win in opposition to the Broncos on Oct. 23. He subsequently missed the following three video games as Denzel Mims began in his place. In seven video games, Davis has caught 19 passes for 351 yards and two touchdowns.

The staff nonetheless anticipates having Mims lively in opposition to the Bears. He was inactive for the primary six video games of the season. However following Elijah Moore’s commerce request and after he was left dwelling and was inactive for the sport in opposition to the Broncos, Mims has performed within the final 4 video games.

“There’s nonetheless a task, he has earned that position,” Saleh mentioned about Mims. “So hopefully, he nonetheless will get some alternatives. However Corey is again because the primary receiver.”

Cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner [calf], left sort out Duane Brown [shoulder], guard Nate Herbig [shin], and linebacker Quincy Williams [ankle] are all anticipated to play.

Tight finish Kenny Yeboah (calf) and defensive finish Sheldon Rankins (elbow) will each miss the sport in opposition to Chicago. Yeboah popped up on the damage report final Friday as he didn’t play in opposition to the Patriots. Rankins additionally missed final week’s recreation as he injured his elbow within the victory in opposition to the Payments on Nov. 6.

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