May 18, 2021

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Shipping Jarvis Landry to Browns wasn’t personal

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Shipping Jarvis Landry to Browns wasn't personal

Adam Gase and Jarvis Landry still can’t agree, two seasons later.

Last year, Landry told ESPN he believes his former coach with the Dolphins sent him to Cleveland “to die.” Gase, the Browns receiver said, would joke about sending players to the Browns if they were in his doghouse, as a form of motivation.

Gase on Friday admitted he did it once, which Landry said was untrue.

“It wasn’t a one-time joke,” said Landry, who will face his former coach Monday when the Jets play host to the Browns.

“We had the 4 p.m. [trade deadline] and we had a team meeting earlier in the day and one of the guys was like, ‘Whoa, it looks like everybody’s clean, nobody got traded,’ ” the first-year Jets coach recalled. “And [Dolphins general manager Chris] Grier and myself were kind of giving him a hard time. And I slid it in the PowerPoint and it was supposed to be a joke and I think he took it a little serious.”

Gase said the trade of Landry in March 2018 for fourth- and seventh-round draft picks wasn’t personal, pointing to the Dolphins’ salary cap issues at the time. He raved about the slot receiver.

“He was our best player,” Gase said of Landry, who caught a league-best 117 passes in 2017 with the Dolphins and was a Pro Bowler both years he played for Gase.

Gase said quarterback Sam Darnold will not go on short-term injured reserve, which would keep him out two months and off the practice field for a minimum of six weeks.

“It’s not going to be that long,” Gase said.

The Jets have yet to offer a timeline on Darnold, who was diagnosed with mononucleosis on Wednesday. The expectation is he will miss several weeks.

Mono typically causes the spleen or liver to enlarge, and someone with the illness can’t have physical contact because of the risk of rupturing the organs. So even if Darnold feels better, there is risk if he returns too soon.

“He is not going to get put out there, to where something like that can happen,” Gase said.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams admitted frustration over the Jets’ shaky kicking situation.

“What’s going through my mind, it’s kind of hard to see that we’re dealing with that with the season already here,” he said. “You would like to you have a secure guy in that spot already.”

The Jets are already on their fourth kicker of the year. Chandler Catanzaro retired after a rough start to training camp and Taylor Bertolet was cut following an uneven summer. Kaare Vedvik was picked up, but struggled in the regular-season opener, missing an extra point and a 45-yard field goal. He was replaced on Tuesday by Sam Ficken, who won a five-player tryout.

Left tackle Kelvin Beachum (ankle) and running back Le’Veon Bell (shoulder) returned to practice and were limited. Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (ankle), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and linebacker/defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers (foot) remained out. Gase expects Thomas and Franklin-Myers to practice Saturday. Williams’ outlook is more uncertain.

— Additional reporting by Greg Joyce in Berea, Ohio

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