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Jets’ Avery Williamson doesn’t think NFL can pull off full season

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Consider Jets linebacker Avery Williamson one of the skeptics about the NFL’s ability to pull off a full season.

“There’s a lot of guys in this league and a lot of guys do stupid stuff,” Williamson said via Zoom on Wednesday. “I feel like it’s going to be tough for guys to do the right thing the entire year. That’s just my opinion. Hopefully, guys police each other. I feel like it’s going to be tough. You see what’s happening in baseball.”

Williamson pointed out that baseball teams are on the road more than football teams, but he still feels it will be tough for football to avoid a COVID-related shutdown at some point.

“Guys are used to going out and doing what they want to do,” the veteran linebacker said. “It’s going to take some maturity for guys to be smart and not party and try to keep to themselves.”

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Coach Adam Gase said he and general manager Joe Douglas had multiple conversations with linebacker C.J. Mosley before Mosley decided to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns.

“He wasn’t comfortable with the situation, and he had the ability to opt out,” Gase said on a conference call Wednesday. “He made his decision. He made it fairly early in the process. I appreciated that he did that. Obviously, we’ll miss him this season but, like always, we’ll have the next-man-up mentality. I feel like we do have a lot of depth at that position. They’ll step up and do everything they can to fill the void. We’ll develop great team chemistry.”


Gase was asked if the Jets are a playoff contender.

“I think any time when we go into the season there’s so many factors that play into it,” he said.

“Right now where we’re at we haven’t even started training camp. Our goal is always going to be playing in January, always going to be the goal. We have to do everything we can to make sure that’s where we end up. We’re always going to be shooting to do that. That’s going to be the goal this year.”


Gase said he does not anticipate anyone else opting out before Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline. … He said the coaching staff has been working on a “depth chart” since April just in case a coach tests positive for coronavirus and has to miss time. … ILB James Burgess was added to the reserve/CO-VID-19 list on Wednesday, meaning he either tested positive or was exposed to someone who was infected. He is the fourth Jets player placed on the list.

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