Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Jets adding more Sauce to defensive role

New York Jets star cornerback Sauce Gardner has told coaches that he wants to shadow the other teams’ WR1, traveling across the formation wherever that receiver goes.

“I’m always looking forward to the challenge,” Gardner said. “I’d like to call myself one of the best in the game, if not the best. I’m always open to compete. I always want to challenge myself, challenge other people. But, ultimately, I just want to do whatever it takes for the team to win because that’s what it’s all about — winning games.”

Jets defence is already good enough if offence catches up

“He’s a weapon we can use from the defensive standpoint, but to say it’ll be exclusive, I’m not going to say that,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said. “He did last year. To say he might do a little bit more, that’s a possibility. But I think it’s going to be more game to game.”

While talking down the chances of Sauce shadowing WR1’s, Saleh did acknowledge that teams avoided throwing his way. “Teams definitely did not want to throw to Sauce’s side. I don’t know if it was deliberate, but it always ends up that way,” Saleh said. “But to be able to move him around so they can’t just line up and say, ‘Hey, we know where we’re going with the football,’ there would be an advantage to that for sure.”

“I’m just trying not to get complacent,” Gardner said. “It’s easy to get complacent when you’re seeing stuff on social media. It’s just going through life and always having to hear people talk about how [I’m] their favorite player and all of that. I take that, and I just keep trying to find ways to get better because I understand that it’s a lot of people watching me, especially the youth.”

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