The Jets face impressive rookie quarterbacks in each of the next two weeks, with Sunday’s game against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers perhaps their best chance to finally get into the winning column this season.
The Jets’ last six opponents – starting next week against Tua Tagovailoa and the 6-3 Dolphins – enter this weekend with an overall record of 34-20 as the Trevor Lawrence competition moves closer to the finish.
“It has certainly been frustrating. I look at every game, go into every game, find out the team’s game plan and look at where we can get the advantage and try to win the game, ”linebacker Neville Hewitt said Friday in the Jets̵
“It comes down to the little things and stops them from their explosive pieces, because this is where they have their success. … As long as we can make our tackles and eliminate these explosive pieces, we have a chance to pull this one off. ”
The six-year veteran believes “there will certainly be opportunities” to generate revenue against Herbert, even though the former Oregon star has thrown 19 touchdowns against just six interceptions in his first eight NFL starts for the third-ranked NFL offense in yardage pr. games (403.7).
When they come out of their color hatch, the Jets can “definitely feel the urgency of winning,” Hewitt added, avoiding the first 0-10 start in franchise history.
“You feel it. We have been in close games and we are not finishing. Or sometimes the game comes off early, ”said Hewitt, who is in his third season with the Jets after three with Miami. “Right now we feel we have to win. That’s the feeling you have, especially being 0-9.
“Especially many of us come from different teams, but you have probably never been 0-9 in your life before. I mean, it’s hard, but I want us to have a chance to pull it off. ”
The Jets’ banged secondary received at least some favorable injury news on Friday, with Adam Gase revealing that cornerback Bless Austin may be playing Sunday after missing training on Thursday and undergoing an MRI scan of his neck.
Gase added that he has been “very impressed” with Herbert’s ability to avoid turnover, while defense coordinator Gregg Williams praised Chargers coach Anthony Lynn for game planning to his rookie quarterbacks forces to get the ball down.
“I have to tell you what, I did not study so much on him in the low season. I researched a lot about Tua in the low season, ”Williams said. “Justin, he’s having a really, really good year. I think they’ve done a very good job of … making things for him that he knows offensively. And walk around to match things up to his skills.
“I’m telling you this, he’s like many of these other young gunmen. He has a good, strong, deep arm, for which we must be very respectful. He grows week by week by week. He’s not someone you would suddenly say he’s just a rookie. He has very good playing time right now and we as staff have seen every single clip, every game he has played several times. … Now we have to go out and play as we are to play. ”