Jets security Jordan Whitehead gained a Tremendous Bowl two seasons in the past with the Buccaneers. He is aware of what a successful crew appears like. He believes the 2022 Jets will be one.
“Actually, we now have the items,” Whitehead mentioned Monday. “Each place group has obtained them canine on the crew and we now have a number of depth. After I say this crew may very well be nice, we will actually be nice. It’s nearly being constant day-after-day.”
Whitehead signed a two-year cope with the Jets in March. He will likely be one of many crew’s beginning safeties and a key on protection. The primary check comes Sunday when the Jets must decelerate Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Whitehead will enter the season with a distinct uniform quantity than the one he wore in Tampa or in coaching camp with the Jets. It was introduced Monday that he modified from No. 6 to three.
“Simply going again to once I began taking part in soccer, I began with No. 3,” Whitehead mentioned. “It’s been so laborious to get it ever since I’ve been taking part in.”
He used multiples of three in faculty (9), in Tampa Bay (33) and when he first arrived with the Jets (6). The jersey he desired turned open after the Jets made their last cuts final week.
The Jets voted on three crew captains: QB Zach Wilson, LB C.J. Mosley and CB/particular groups ace Justin Hardee. The Jets coaches will choose a fourth captain every week for the video games.
CB D.J. Reed (knee) remains to be working his method again after lacking the top of coaching camp. Coach Robert Saleh mentioned Reed labored out with the trainers Monday they usually wished to see how the knee responded earlier than determining whether or not he can play Sunday.
The Jets will depend on a number of rookies this season, and Saleh mentioned that may be an journey irrespective of how proficient they’re.
“You’re going to have your hair-pulling moments,” Saleh mentioned. “If I had hair, I’d pull them out, however you’re additionally going to have some wow moments as a result of they’re explosive. They’re filled with vitality they usually’ve obtained a number of expertise, however on the identical time, the psychological facet, I’ve all the time mentioned earlier than, you play younger guys with the hopes that they turn into veterans mentally whereas they nonetheless possess all their athleticism that they confirmed after they ran on the mix and their professional days.”
The Jets re-signed OL Conor McDermott, who had been launched final week. They reduce rookie RB Zonovan Knight, who may return on the follow squad.