This morning, New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh met with the media before practice. He went over a few of the hottest topics currently surrounding the Jets.
How have Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols handled new additions?
As young players, last season, Bryce Hall and Brandin Echols gave the Jets good contributions. There has been speculation on how the two would approach this offseason with prime additions in Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed. Saleh was asked how they have handled the situation. He stated they have “been professionals.”
He spoke on Hall, saying, “Bryce is attacking every moment,” and stated that Echols looks bigger. Saleh concluded with “both have been awesome” about two new starters being acquired.
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Quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese had OC opportunity
The continuity surrounding Zach Wilson entering year two was mentioned in the press conference. Mike LaFleur is going into year two with Wilson as his offensive coordinator. So is quarterbacks coach Rob Calabrese, who Saleh went on to speak highly of.
Saleh stated he’s “definitely got coordinator potential. He was courted this offseason in terms of job opportunities and coordinator opportunities,” and Calabrese ultimately elected to stay with the Jets. He finished by saying Calabrese is a “very talented young man,” speaking on his knowledge and experience from playing the quarterback position.
It seems like the Jets have another young offensive coach with potential to go along with LaFleur.
D.J. Reed’s early impact on the Jets
Saleh was with D.J. Reed from 2018-19 when they were with the San Francisco 49ers. He discussed the tremendous work ethic Reed has brought to the Jets so far.
Saleh started by calling Reed “one of the hardest playing” and “how important every single rep is to him.” In the meeting room, “you see him in meetings just the laser focus, there’s no dozing off, there’s no slouching, he is completely locked in.” Lastly, Saleh highlighted his character with “he’s an unbelievable person” and “he’s been awesome and really excited that we have him.”
Denzel Mims progress
Regarding third-year wide receiver Denzel Mims, Coach Saleh was asked how far along he understanding the offensive scheme. Saleh gave some glowing reviews on where Mims is currently at.
He stated, “Denzel’s doing better. Second time around, he’s in fantastic shape”. He spoke about his explosiveness being much more noticeable. Saleh elaborated on the work Mims has put in, “he’s working on the things that we’ve asked him to work on,” with a few things in particular highlighted like contested catches at the point and confidence with the playbook. He also went on to say, “he’s a lot further along today than he was a year ago.”