Bless Austin has spent a calendar 12 months enjoying within the NFL. It was Nov. 7, 2019 when the group activated him off the non-football damage record and he noticed his first motion that week in opposition to the Giants.
The Jets second-year cornerback has had ups and downs since then and is likely one of the younger gamers the Jets should consider to find out whether or not he’s a part of the long run and, if he’s, how large part of it he will be.
“I see him nonetheless getting higher,” defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson mentioned final week. “He’s working day by day. It’s beginning to click on. I felt unhealthy for him final week, giving up two explosive performs, however he was competing. He didn’t care who he was going up in opposition to and he was going up in opposition to a superb participant and a superb participant made a play on him.”
Wilson was referring to the Chiefs recreation when Austin gave up two touchdowns. He had a tough day in opposition to Chiefs receivers Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson. In all, he gave up 9 catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. Austin mentioned he moved on shortly after that recreation.
“Individuals who watch the sport linger on the sport longer than we do,” Austin mentioned. “After the sport is over, corrections are made, and we transfer on. We’re not fearful about that final recreation. It’s time to maneuver on and prepare for this subsequent recreation.”
Wilson mentioned he thought Austin didn’t appear like himself early within the recreation.
“The factor about him, early within the recreation he wasn’t as aggressive as he usually is,” Wilson mentioned. “He discovered confidence. One play, for instance, he lined up in man-to-man in opposition to [Travis] Kelce. He received in his grill and he tried to problem him. Then, he began to believe. On a scenario the place they have been in shotgun, they ran a double transfer in opposition to the younger man. It was a superb participant that’s been good on this league making a superb play on one other good participant. It occurs. He has to be taught from it. He has to know that he must be detailed in his approach each time he strains up. It’ll enable him to get by performs like that. He’ll be higher for it. He wasn’t that rattled. He shook it off. He’s on the market competing once more and he’s up the problem.”
Jets basic supervisor Joe Douglas has work to do at cornerback within the offseason. The Jets don’t seem to have any sure long-term solutions on the place. Austin may change that if he performs properly down the stretch and convinces the entrance workplace he ought to stay a starter. Austin is a troublesome tackler and positively seems to be like he belongs within the NFL, however generally he struggles in protection.
Austin needed to sit out the primary half of final 12 months as he recovered from knee surgical procedure that he underwent whereas nonetheless at Rutgers. He grew to become a starter within the second half of the season however then misplaced his job when he received burned earlier than halftime in a Week 16 win over the Steelers. He has began six of the Jets’ eight video games this 12 months, lacking time with a calf damage.
“I really feel like I’ve been doing properly,” Austin mentioned. “There’s positively room for enchancment in lots of features. For probably the most half, I’m trending the best way I wish to development. I’m making progressions. Not every little thing is found out, however I’m positively taking these steps from final 12 months, little doubt.”
Wilson mentioned Austin has impressed him with how he practices.
“He’s making an attempt to element his work,” Wilson mentioned. “He’s making an attempt to be the very best that he will be. He reveals it at observe. He’s powerful. He hasn’t given up and the arrow continues to be going up on the younger man.”
Austin mentioned it doesn’t matter to him that the Jets performed on “Monday Night time Soccer” this week. He doesn’t care what day they play.
“It simply means loads to me to be enjoying within the league interval,” Austin mentioned. “I don’t actually care what day it’s. I simply wish to play soccer. I don’t get into the small print of issues. It’s eight o’clock, prime time. It’s soccer.”
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