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In the Saints’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys,
New Orleans QB Taysom Hill suffered a finger injury that impacted his throwing. It happened early in the game in a collision with Dallas DE Dorrance Armstrong. ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced the medical details after the game.
“Saints’ doctors determined that QB Taysom Hill suffered a mallet finger injury Thursday, but it will not require surgery considering it is not as extensive as the one Russell Wilson suffered earlier this year, per source. Hill now will try to play through the injury,” tweeted Schefter.
After the injury, Hill struggled throwing the ball, connecting on just 14 of his 33 passes (42.4%) for two touchdowns and four interceptions. Three picks happened in the fourth quarter, including a Pick Six.
Robert Saleh was asked about the injury impacting Hill’s throwing.
And he said, “From my understanding is fully healed.”
That is probably not possible in just a week, but perhaps Saleh is just saying that so his team doesn’t take Hill’s passing ability lightly.
Perhaps we will find out more from Schefter on the condition of the finger later in the week . . .
Some are obsessed with when Mekhi Becton is coming back.
Quick question – Where is he going to play when he comes back?
Are you going to bench George Fant, who has been one of the highest-rated left tackles in football this year?
So with all these questions about when Becton was coming back, I asked Saleh today, “Where would he play if he came back?
“I’ll speculate on that one later,” said Saleh.
And I’d respectfully ask all the people asking when Becton will be back this year the same question . . .
Watching a Jets defensive line drill today, where the defensive line coach, and the assistant defensive line coach, where very fiery, encouraging their charges to fire off the ball with great intensity.
Look, there is nothing wrong with this drill. It’s important, but when you look at the issues with the defensive line, it’s not a problem with firing off the ball and playing with intensity. They are doing that.
The problem is getting off blocks, gap integrity and in some case, instincts.
Rex Ryan in a rant recently claimed the Jets weren’t play hard. Totally disagree.
They are playing hard, but too often not smart. Those are two totally different things.
So this drill is great, but unless some of these guys do the other stuff better, that I mentioned before, the intensity they showed in firing off the ball in his drill, won’t matter much . . .
Speaking of defensive linemen, you are seeing Ronald Blair start to revert back to his San Francisco 49er form, which will help the Jets. He debuted a month ago against Buffalo, after working on getting healthy for half the season, and was rusty, which is understandable. since he missed the 2020 season with a knee injury, and then half of this year.
But the last couple of week, we’ve seen him start to come on. In Houston, he had a sack and two TFL’s, and then last week against Philadelphia, he had two TFL’s. With the issues the Jets have had on defense, especially with the inconsistency of some of their defensive linemen, leading to a lot of big runs, having a guy like Blair, who is not only a good player, but also a smart and instinctive one, should help the Jets up front . . .
You see a picture above of kickers Eddy Pineiro (#15) and Matt Ammendola (#6) at practice today. Pineiro, a former Chicago Bear, is now the Jets placekicker, and Ammendola is on the practice squad.
I like the move of bringing Ammendola back to the practice squad. Yes, he had a few bad kicks, but he also showed a powerful leg, and made 13 field goals on the season before being released last week. The ability is there. Maybe the rotating holders hurt him, who knows, but bringing him back on the practice squad certainly makes sense. There is no lack of talent here.
December 8, 2021
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