The New York Jets got some bad news on Sunday after losing cornerback Trumaine Johnson to an injury during practice. Johnson, the most accomplished cornerback on the team, suffered a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him indefinitely.
The injury occurred during a long interception return. Trumaine Johnson came out after the game and did not return to the field. Afterward, coach Adam Gase sounded concerned.
“Anytime a guy that makes a living running has a hamstring … we’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s going to have to get a lot of treatment and strengthen it up, and we’ll get him back as fast as possible.”
The Jets are very thin at the cornerback position. Their top three cornerbacks are Darryl Roberts (11 career starts), Atlanta Falcons cast-off Brian Poole and rookie Kyron Brown, an undrafted free agent from Akron. No other corner on the roster has significant NFL experience.
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General manager Joe Douglas is frantically trying to add some depth at the position. Gase also added that he’s counting on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to scheme up ways to camouflage the lack of experience, but that may be asking a bit much.
“The good thing is, with an experienced defensive coordinator like we have with Gregg, Gregg knows how to get guys into a rhythm, find out what they do well and adapt his scheme to our personnel,” Gase said.
Last season, Trumaine Johnson signed one of the biggest free-agent deals in franchise history, a five-year, $73 million deal. He missed five games last season with a quadriceps injury that also occurred in practice.
Despite the disappointing end to last season, the Jets are counting on Trumaine Johnson to rebound, especially under Williams. Johnson enjoyed his best seasons with the Los Angeles Rams when Williams was the defensive coordinator. The Rams used their franchise tag on him in 2016 and 2017 before letting him hit the free-agent market in 2018.