The Jets had a fight-filled practice Sunday.
Tempers flared during the second half of practice with several fights breaking out between the offense and defense. Linebacker Jordan Jenkins was in the middle of it, throwing punches and trading words with guards Alex Lewis and Greg Van Roten. Linebacker Neville Hewitt was also involved.
“It’s just competing,” linebacker Avery Williamson said. “At the end of the day, guys are going to get heated at times. It’s just part of it, as long as no one gets hurt. That’s normal, guys are going to get into fights. I try to stay away from it, especially now. I was tired as hell. I was staying out of the way.”
Jets coach Adam Gase did not seem particularly bothered by the feistiness since everyone came out of it unscathed.
“I do think, it kind of got to that back half of practice, it was getting a little hot, guys were a little irritated and the thing that I will say is, both sides had to go back, line back up, refocus on what they were trying to do and execute their defense and execute the offensive play,” Gase said. “You know that’s the big thing and as long as it doesn’t happen every day, every period, occasionally things go down and we have to be smart with what’s going on, but at the same time it’s just good to see our guys with fire they have.”
Jenkins got the most heated. Even after being taken out of the drills, he was screaming at the offense from the sideline. That prompted Van Roten to come over and remove his helmet. The two were separated. Earlier, Jenkins and Lewis traded punches. At the end, quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Le’Veon Bell came to the defensive sideline to calm things down.
Williamson said he was impressed with Jenkins’ moves.
“He was doing some jujutsu moves out there. Stay away from him,” Williamson joked.
TE Ryan Griffin returned to the field this weekend after December ankle surgery. Griffin was activated off the physically unable to perform list Saturday and did team drills Sunday. His season ended in December last year after he tore ligaments in his ankle.
“I think it’s an everyday battle,” Griffin said. “I don’t know if I’m ever going to feel like I did before the injury. It’s one of those things that I’ll have to deal with. Other injuries I’ve had before I still deal with.”
Griffin said the Jets strength staff made sure he had weight equipment to work out at his house during the pandemic. He said he worked out in his garage each day and kept in touch with the training staff via Zoom calls.
CB Brian Poole continues to sit out after suffering from dehydration on Aug. 14. Poole had an extreme reaction due to an underlying condition. That has led to a slow return. Poole was on the field watching his teammates on Sunday, something he had not done last week. … WR Breshad Perriman sat out Sunday with a knee issue, but is expected back Monday. … The Jets will hold a walk-through on Monday and return to full practice Tuesday.