May 6, 2021

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Robert Saleh encouraged by Jets’ offseason attendance

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The Jets were one of many teams that had players put out a statement last week about “many” of them skipping in-person sessions in the offseason program, but coach Robert Saleh sounded pleased with the team’s attendance this week for the start of the voluntary workouts.

“It’s been voluntary since I’ve been in the league, so I always respect their decision on whether or not they want to show up,” Saleh said in a Zoom session with reporters Thursday. “We’ve had such a strong presence here, must stronger than I anticipated of players. They’re going to benefit.

“The ones who are here are going to benefit. We’re excited to work with all of them.”

Players skipping the spring organized team activities is nothing new, but this year it has taken on more significance. The NFLPA wanted an all-virtual offseason like last year, but the NFL is scheduling in-person activities.

Robert Saleh
Robert Saleh
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The only in-person sessions so far have been in the weight room, but teams will be on the practice field in mid-May. It will be interesting to see what attendance looks like with players facing pressure from their union not to attend and the unspoken pressure from coaches to attend in order to compete for jobs.


When the Jets signed LB Jarrad Davis in free agency, it raised speculation that C.J. Mosley could be traded if they could find a team interested in taking on his salary. Saleh said he is eager to work with Mosley, who has played two games for the Jets since signing a five-year, $85 million deal in 2019.

Mosley has played in a 3-4 scheme for his entire career. The Jets are shifting to a 4-3 under Saleh, but the coach does not believe that is an issue.

“I think he’s one of those players that it doesn’t really matter what the scheme is,” Saleh said. “He’s going to fit. He’s been a fantastic player his entire life, and that’s not going to change just because a new coaching staff has come in.

“He’s a tremendous leader. He’s a tremendous football player. He hasn’t played in a couple of years, so you know he’s just [champing] at the bit to get back on the football field. We’re excited to get to work with him and to help him get back to playing every day and being the star that he’s been.”


Saleh made his first remarks since the team traded QB Sam Darnold to Carolina.

“There were a lot of discussions that Joe [Douglas, GM], his staff and our staff, we all had and there was a lot of evaluation that took place,” Saleh said. “I’m excited for Sam. It’s a great opportunity for him to fulfill what he’s capable of in being the No. 3 pick. In all the things that have transpired, I’m most excited for Sam and … him getting the opportunity to do great things in Carolina.”


Saleh declined to say if the Jets will pursue free agent CB Richard Sherman after the draft.

“I love Sherm,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that I’ll leave for Joe in regards to that. There’s a lot of things that go into play and that’s probably more for Joe’s alley, to be honest.”

https://nypost.com/2021/04/23/robert-saleh-encouraged-by-jets-offseason-attendance/

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