Benching upsets Jets DBs Johnson, Adams
New York Jets veteran defensive backs Trumaine Johnson and Jamal Adams have added to the miserable 0-2 start of the 2019 season for new head coach Adam Gase, as both veteran players have complained about being benched.
On Wednesday, Johnson, the team's No. 1 cornerback and third-highest paid at that position in the NFL, again stressed that he was "upset" by being benched in the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
Though he was in uniform, Johnson didn't play until late in the fourth quarter, taking only three defensive snaps after starter Nate Hairston went out with leg cramps.
On his demotion, Johnson said, "Of course I'm upset. But at the same time, my main focus is bigger than (the benching). It's to help my teammates win games."
Gase contends that "our corners weren't our problem this game," and regarding Johnson, said, "It hasn't worked out as well as we need it to. The good thing is, we've got a long ways to go."
Adams, a team captain and Pro Bowl safety, was taken out after committing penalties on consecutive plays late in the fourth quarter of Monday's game.
Missing only one defensive play last season, Adams said Tuesday on WFAN radio, "I tried to anticipate a play, which I anticipated wrong and I was benched. And, you know, hey, it happens. I've got to continue to do my job to the best of my ability and help lead the guys around me."
Gase said he discussed the move with Adams and was concerned that, with his player's emotions running high, something could go wrong late in a one-sided game.
"To me, I didn't look at that as benching. That was more like, 'Hey, let's just calm him down,'" Gase said on Wednesday. "There was no hidden meaning behind it. That was my gut reaction."
After the game, media noticed Adams unfollowed the team on Instagram and deleted the Jets from his profile, sparking speculation he'd request a trade.
"Good thing I don't pay attention to that -- I don't care," Gase said Tuesday of Adams unhitching himself from the team's social media accounts.
Adams wasn't available to comment on Wednesday.
--Field Level Media
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