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Adam Gase on a healthy Sam Darnold: ‘We should not have him dying on the field’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4 days ago Manish Mehta
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Adam Gase isn’t overly concerned about throwing Sam Darnold into harm’s way now that he’s been medically cleared for contact. The Jets quarterback has felt like himself for a couple weeks, but didn’t play last week due to an enlarged spleen.

“We should be good,” Gase said Thursday before practice. “We should not have him dying on the field.”

Well, that’s a relief.

The second-year signal caller, however, will play against the Cowboys on Sunday with a specially designed hard plastic protector around his rib cage. Although Darnold’s not in any more danger of injury than he would be on any given Sunday, Gase knows that he needs better protection from a struggling offensive line that allowed 10 sacks and 16 quarterback hits in Philly last week.

“We need to do a better job of protecting the quarterback,” Gase said. “And we need to get the ball out on time. We need to run the right routes. It’s got to be all of us. It’s got to be the right play call. We have to do a better job as an entire unit. That’ll help the quarterback.”

The re-worked line that included two new starters last week absolutely must be better, but there are other issues that need to be fixed.

“It’s all of us,” Gase said. “I’m telling you. There’s two plays where I didn’t put us in a good spot.”

Two plays?! TWO?!

Well, I suppose that’s better than not accepting any blame. Rest assured, there were much more than two questionable play-calls in the Jets’ 31-6 to the Eagles last week.

Regardless, Darnold should mitigate some of the protection breakdowns.

“He has the ability to get the ball out quick,” Gase said. “His ability to move. (When) he breaks the pocket, he’s a threat. He’s a threat to run…. He’s played with those guys (offensive linemen) quite a bit to where he feels things and he’s out of there. He has a good feel for what to do in the pocket.”

Darnold, who hasn’t played since the season opener last month, looks like his normal self in practice this week.

“He was just like he was last week,” Gase said. “He goes out there and starts throwing it all over the lot and running around and making plays.”

INJURY UPDATE:

LB CJ Mosley (groin), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee, shoulder), TE Chris Herndon (hamstring), DL Henry Anderson (shoulder), RB/returner Trenton Cannon (foot/ankle) didn’t practice.

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