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Jets aiming to close gap with rest of AFC East: ‘We’re higher’

Head coach Robert Saleh made the Jets’ offseason mission clear shortly after the ultimate sport in opposition to the Bills final season: close the gap within the AFC East.

The Jets haven’t received a division sport since 2019 and Saleh made it identified that the crew had to begin catching up to the Bills, Patriots and Dolphins.

After the offseason additions the Jets have made, does he assume the gap is closing?

“We’re better,” Saleh mentioned Tuesday after the crew’s second organized crew exercise follow. “I know we’re going to be better. We’re young. We’re a year older. We brought in some really cool pieces, a lot of guys who stand for the right stuff, who live and breathe football. Now it’s just a matter of trying to gain that continuity and confidence and again, just take it one game at a time.”

The Jets took the sphere on Tuesday for the primary session open to the media with these new toys on show. Zach Wilson was throwing to new receiver Garrett Wilson and tight ends C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin. Sauce Gardner confirmed his abilities in protection and D.J. Reed made a pleasant move breakup on a throw from Wilson to Elijah Moore.

Robert Saleah watches Breece Hall (20) run a sample throughout Jets’ follow.
Bill Kostroun

Alijah Vera-Tucker mentioned he didn’t hesitate when the coaches requested him to transfer from left guard, the place he performed as a rookie, to proper guard after the crew signed veteran Laken Tomlinson to play on the left facet.

Vera-Tucker mentioned he was “hyped” in regards to the crew including Tomlinson and when Saleh and offensive line coach John Benton referred to as him about switching positions, it was a simple resolution.

“They asked me if I felt comfortable moving to right guard. I immediately said yes,” Vera-Tucker mentioned. “I had a couple of experiences there, two years at USC. At this point, I’ve been switching positions now the last three, four years. I’m pretty used to it.”

Several members of the 2019 draft class have requested for brand spanking new contracts this offseason and a few are staying away from their crew’s voluntary offseason applications. But Jets DT Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 total choose that year, has not made any noise about wanting a brand new deal. He is scheduled to make $4.9 million this season.

“I just believe the contract is going to handle itself, the money is going to handle itself,” Williams mentioned. “I play this game for the love of the game, first and foremost, so money is not a big thing on my heart or on my mind right now. I just want to be the best football player on the field that I can be.”

OT Mekhi Becton was not on the OTA. His first little one was born just a few days in the past and the Jets knew he wouldn’t be there. … OT George Fant (knee) and DE Carl Lawson (Achilles) weren’t on the sphere as they get well from surgical procedures. DT Sheldon Rankins additionally was not on the sphere, whereas TE Jermey Ruckert (foot), CB Brandin Echols (unknown) and LB Jamien Sherwood (Achilles) have been working with the trainers on a facet subject.