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Adam Gase gathered his Jets players for their first team
07-03-2019, 11:21 AM
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Adam Gase gathered his Jets players for their first team
They’re aiming for the New England Patriots.“Pretty much , he’s going for that one team that’s been winning every single year in this division,” linebacker C.J. Mosley said during a conference call Wednesday. “He said that’s one of the main reasons he came here and we all believe that. And, the guys that are new additions to the team, we’re pretty much here for the same reason.”That, of course, has been the goal for the Jets — as well as the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills — for the better part of the last two decades. And, they’ve mostly been unsuccessful.The defending Super Bowl champion Patriots have won the AFC East 10 straight years, and 15 of the last 16 seasons. Since 2001, Bill Belichick’s bunch has finished atop the division for all but two seasons: in 2002, when the Jets won it; and 2008, when the Dolphins finished on top when Tom Brady missed almost the entire season with a knee injury.“We know what team has been on top for a long time,” said Mosley, who spent the last five seasons in Baltimore. “We feel we have the tools and the players and the game plan to get that done.”Gase understands what chasing the Patriots is about after leading the Dolphins the last three years. Miami was 2-4 against New England under him, including regular-season splits the last two years.The Jets weren’t nearly as successful under former coach Todd Bowles Devin Singletary Jersey , dropping the last six meetings. But this is a different team with new leadership in Gase and lots of new faces on the field, including Mosley, running back Le’Veon Bell, wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy, and left guard Kelechi Osemele.“His mindset is that he came here to win,” Mosley said of Gase. “At the end of the day, history shows who we have to beat to get to that top spot. Not overlooking anybody else in the division or anybody else on our schedule, but we know if we want to get where we want to be, we know what team we’ve got to knock off.”The Jets began their offseason program last Monday at the team’s facility in Florham Park, New Jersey, and Gase was able to address his players as a group for the first time since he was hired as coach in January. They have held a handful of workouts since, and Gase has certainly made a positive first impression.“I would say he’s very energetic, you know, a pumped-up , hype type of coach,” said Crowder, who played in Washington his first four NFL seasons. “I like him from what I see, just me being here in this short amount of time. I’m just looking forward to growing our relationship.”Bellamy is one of the few Jets players who already had some familiarity with Gase, who was the receiver’s offensive coordinator in Chicago in 2015. Gase was also one of the main reasons Bellamy signed with the Jets as a free agent last month.“He’s a dog,” Bellamy said. “He has a dog mentality. He’s always attacking. He’s a winner and he wants to be a winner at all times in whatever he does. He’s highly competitive at everything he does. You want to play for a guy like that, a guy that wants to win, a guy that’s confident. That’s the kind of dude that I want to play for and everyone around here wants to play for.”Bellamy also has no doubts that Gase will be able to help turn around a franchise that hasn’t made it to the playoffs since the 2010 season.“He’s going to build a culture of just everybody being a dog, having that type of mentality, of being aggressive,” Bellamy said. “He’s ready to win and we all want to win.”While it’s not exactly Rex Ryan’s bold declaration in 2009 that he didn’t join the Jets to “kiss Belichick’s rings,” Gase is clearly confident he’ll be able to get the job done. That approach is reflected in his coaching staff, particularly defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and can quickly trickle down to the players.“It just starts (from) a mental standpoint Brian Burns Jersey ,” Mosley said. “You’ve got to know where you are. You’ve got to know where the team is with a new set of coaches on both sides. And, the intensity the coaches (have) themselves trying to get us in the right position, that kind of brings a mentality to the players. We feed off that energy. If they’re confident, then that makes us confident.“When we’re both confident together, especially knowing our game plan and know what we can and can’t do, that can make us a dangerous team.” RENTON, Wash. (AP) — New Seattle wide receiver Gary Jennings already has a connection with the quarterback he’s about to start catching passes from.He was once coached on a YMCA youth basketball team by Russell Wilson back in Richmond, Virginia.“I don’t know if it was that competitive. We couldn’t even press, I don’t think,” Jennings said. “It was cool because he was a star player at the school, and he had a chance to be able to coach.”Jennings was the first of Seattle’s picks on the final day of the NFL draft on Saturday. He was selected No. 120 overall in the fourth round, the first of three fourth-round selections by the Seahawks. Seattle also selected Wake Forest guard Phil Haynes and Oregon cornerback Ugo Amadi.Seattle added Washington linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven early in the fifth round, the Pac-12 defensive player of the year last season, and selected Miami running back Travis Homer and Florida State defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas in the sixth-round. That appeared it for Seattle before trading back into the seventh round to select Hawaii wide receiver John Ursua.Seattle started the week with four picks and after seven trades made 11 selections.“We really surpassed my expectations that we could be like we are. We’re thrilled with what happened ,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “All of the work that was done to get it done put us in a whole different framework. It’s going to be competitive, which is exactly how we like it.”But it was Jennings and his connection with Wilson which grabbed the attention. Jennings attended The Collegiate School in Richmond through eighth grade, the same school as Wilson and his sister, Anna. It was Anna’s team that Jennings played on and was coached by the Seahawks’ QB and his father.Jennings guessed he was in fourth grade, perhaps a little younger, when he was coached by Wilson. And he remembered Wilson, who was in high school, already being a star quarterback.“Growing up in that school, I used to see him play quarterback. He was an amazing quarterback back in the day, too,” Jennings said. “I saw him run back and forth across the field and someone was always wide open. They won state basically every year he was there.”Wilson tweeted later Saturday about being reunited with Jennings, who may end up being a potential slot receiver target for the QB.Seattle clearly has concerns about whether Doug Baldwin will be able to play again after a myriad of injuries and offseason surgeries that has brought retirement into the picture. General manager John Schneider said he expects a resolution on Baldwin’s future in the next few weeks.While Baldwin has been highly successful on the outside, he was most effective working out of the slot. That’s where Jennings could fit at least initially. Jennings played nearly 81 percent of his snaps last season at West Virginia in the slot, where he finished with 54 receptions and 13 touchdowns. Carroll and Schneider said they expect Jennings to play both inside and outside.“It was a feeling like no other. For it to be Seattle as well Will Grier Jersey , it’s a perfect fit for me. For the system and what they do as an offense,” Jennings said.All of Seattle’s picks on the final day seemed to fit a need. Haynes is a mauling guard who primarily is a run blocker and fits the mold of what Seattle has at the position with D.J. Fluker, Mike Iupati and last year with J.R. Sweezy. Amadi could project as Seattle’s next nickel cornerback after splitting time between cornerback and safety at Oregon. Finding another option as a third cornerback was a priority after losing Justin Coleman in free agency.Carroll said they intend to start Amadi at free safety while also seeing how he does as a cornerback covering in the slot.“You have to be able to play with leverage, at nickel. Because the receiver has the two-way going in the middle of the field most of the time, so you have to learn how to use your help,” Amadi said. “That’s probably what helped my game to another level, because I understand leverage, I understood what the offense wants to do.”Burr-Kirven expects to contribute immediately on special teams after making the short drive across Lake Washington. Burr-Kirven led the nation in tackles as a senior with 176.Homer is a developmental running back who adds depth for an offense that has made no secret in wanting to run the ball. Selecting Christmas addressed the one lingering vacancy in Seattle’s draft of needing additional options on the interior defensive line.And Seattle moved back into the seventh round to get Ursua, who led the country in touchdown receptions with 16 last season, out of fear it wouldn’t be able to sign him as a rookie free agent.
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