The Jets traded away one of their defensive leaders Sunday night. But Adam Gase said safety Marcus Maye is capable of filling the void left by defensive tackle Steve McLendon, who was dealt to the Buccaneers.
“What I’ve seen from Marcus Maye, really the entire season, I’ve been extremely impressed,” Gase said Wednesday. “To watch him — he shows up a lot when you watch the offensive side of the ball. You see him, he’s like a cheerleader sometimes.
“You see him coming off the bench if we have any kind of positive play, cheering on the offense. He speaks up a lot, which is something that I didn’t hear a lot last year.”
Maye, a fourth-year safety, is having a strong season, with 34 tackles, two sacks, an interception and four passes defensed. In Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, Maye made an acrobatic interception, breaking up a long pass for Preston Williams and pinning the ball to his back as he fell to the ground.
“I think he knows, ‘Hey, I’m the guy that needs to speak up,’ and he does a good job of that,” Gase said.
Rookie running back La’Mical Perine equaled a career-high with nine touches in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins, and though there were some mistakes in terms of blocking blitz pickups and protection, Gase liked what he saw from the fourth-round pick.
“I think the more he plays, he’ll relax and he’ll play fine,” Gase said.
Perine had seven carries for 27 yards and two receptions for 9 yards as Frank Gore’s backup in the Jets’ first game since releasing Le’Veon Bell.
OL Alex Lewis (shoulder) didn’t practice. K Sam Ficken (right groin), OL Chuma Edoga (calf), LT Mekhi Becton (shoulder), QB Sam Darnold (right shoulder) and WRs Jamison Crowder (groin) and Breshad Perriman (ankle/knee) were all limited.
The Jets traded OLB Jordan Willis and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick in the 2022 draft, a source confirmed.
— Additional reporting by Brian Costello
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