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It was a small scuffle at the end of practice Friday, one of those football skirmishes involving massive lineman near the line of scrimmage that gets broken up before there’s time to comprehend how it started. The important thing is everybody on the Jets abided by the rules.

Or, abided by the lone rule.

“One rule – no punching,” coach Robert Saleh said. “They’re going to push, going to shove, it’s going to happen. They’re sick of each other, they’re sick of hearing the same calls from the coordinator. I think everyone is sick of each other at this point.”

The Jets have been together for 10 days at their practice facility for training camp, which followed a voluntary training camp at the same Florham Park location about two months prior. In between, quarterback Zach Wilson took some of his teammates on an Idaho retreat.

They’re getting feisty.

“We have one more week before we get to go to Philadelphia and see other humans,” Saleh said. “But rule one – don’t punch. It’s a 15-yard penalty and you get ejected from the game. So even with all the scrimmages that happened today, I didn’t see a punch.”

Beyond the restraining of fisticuffs, there have been some positive developments during camp – namely the defensive line’s ability to get to the quarterback – and another intrasquad scrimmage awaits Saturday night at MetLife Stadium. But Saleh is waiting for the preseason opener in Philadelphia on Aug. 12 before a big-picture assessment.

“They’re so used to one another. Obviously, it’s all part of the evaluation. But they’ve seen each other enough since OTAs,” Saleh said. “The (preseason games) is when we’ll be able to see a lot.”

In the meantime, the Jets will continue to battle each other.

“You want to see that. You want to see that fight and competitiveness,” wide receiver Braxton Berrios said. “As long as everybody does it the right way, you can break it up and go to the next play.”

DENZEL’S LAST STAND

Denzel Mims might be easy to count out as a top playmaker after two disappointing and hard-luck seasons.

But even from his current position deep on the projected wide-receiver depth chart, Mims, the 2020 second-round pick, is convinced his resurgence is

“I see myself on top. I put in enough work to be there,” Mims said Friday.

What does ‘on top’ mean?

“Starting,” he said.

It’s hard to envision given the acquisition of Garrett Wilson and the return of Corey Davis. There’s also Barrios, Elijah Moore and maybe Jeff Smith ahead of Mims in the receiving corps.

But Mims has benefitted from a strong training camp, which he credited with his first full offseason as a professional. His rookie offseason was scrapped because of the pandemic, and last year Mims was sidelined with a case of food poisoning.

“I always knew who I was. Just unfortunately I wasn’t able to be myself last year because I lost a lot of weight, I didn’t have the muscle in my legs and stuff like that, Mims said. “So that’s why I took the time and started working as soon as the season ended so I wouldn’t have issues like that. I feel like I hit a turning point Day 1 after last season because I felt myself.”

Mims said he lost 20 pounds because of the stomach issue and since ditched fast food.

Mims pointed to his arm muscle Friday to demonstrate the reward for eating healthier. Thus far, it’s translating well on the field with four catches on the first day of training camp and a 60-yard TD from Mike White on Tuesday.

“Because he’s so well conditioned right now, he’s doing things with his body that he hasn’t been doing in the past,” Saleh said. " He’s come a a long way, a long way. He’s still got more in the tank. But he’s much improved.”

Although Mims might find it tough to crack the roster, let alone the rotation, he won’t be satisfied with special teams cameos.

“I’ll do anything and everything I can to help the team win,” Mims said. “But I see myself as a starter.”

SLIM SHADY

Coming off his All-Pro season as a kick returner, Berrios added some bleach to his look.

The 26-year-old went blonde in the summer and said he’s sticking to it through at least the season.

“I wanted something different. It was a fun camp thing at first but then I grew to like it,” Berrios said. “And I think I’m going to keep it. At least for the season.”

Naturally, Berrios has been teased a lot with Eminem references.

“That’s all I’ve heard,” he said.

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Robert Saleh Calls out Jets Veteran: Egregiously Awful

Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh making a play call during a preseason game.

A New York Jets veteran broke the golden rule during the preseason opener.

Quincy Williams came screaming on a third and short play and smacked Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts when he was clearly out of bounds.

Eagles should just pull their starters right now. This is garbage. pic.twitter.com/JzqaYYwyNr

— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) August 12, 2022

This had the entire Eagles sideline infuriated but perhaps none more so than the head coach Nick Sirianni who had a few expletives to share about how things played out:

Here is the late hit on Jalen Hurts that caused Nick Sirianni to lose his mind. You don’t need to be a professional lip reader to decode this one. Coach was HOT!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/yShuzfSEIv

— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 13, 2022

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After the game head coach Robert Saleh was clearly pissed off and called out Williams:

“Egregiously awful from Quincy and he knows that. He knows better and those are the plays that Quincy has got to get out of his game if he wants to become the linebacker that we all think he can be.”

#Jets HC Robert Saleh called out LB Quincy Williams after the game for his ‘egregiously awful’ late hit on #Eagles QB Jalen Hurts + ‘those are the plays that Quincy has to get out of his game if he wants to be the linebacker that we all think he can be’: ???? @nyjets #TakeFlight pic.twitter.com/nuROEDgN4n

— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) August 13, 2022

Saleh admitted that he did talk to coach Sirianni after the game.

It was a completely dirty hit by Williams that is inexcusable. Even beyond the obvious late hit out of bounds, Williams kept that Eagles drive alive.

Philadelphia was facing a third and five on their opening drive of the game. Hurts had nowhere to go so he was heading out of bounds at the 35-yard line. It would’ve been a fourth-and-five play where the Eagles would’ve attempted a 52-yard field goal.

Instead, Williams gets dinged for unnecessary roughness which is an automatic first down, and a personal foul penalty which slaps on 15 additional yards.

Instead of attempting a long field goal, the Eagles get new life and ended up punching it in for a touchdown two plays later.

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Throughout the offseason, multiple Jets reporters have shared that the team believes Quincy has “Pro Bowl potential.”

“I’m a breakout player, and this is my breakout year.”

In midst of a forgettable season, Quincy Williams (@quincywilliams_) is a major bright spot for #Jets.

He’s not just stepping out of his brother’s shadow, but showing potential to be Pro Bowl player: https://t.co/tIf1xz7icc pic.twitter.com/4MlBOGS2DK

— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 16, 2021

Williams is a unique old-school kind of player. He is fast, hits hard, and always travels over 100 miles an hour.

However, his strength is also his weakness. The problem with him last year is he contributed a lot of splash plays, but he gave up just as many or more because of his recklessness.

Williams doesn’t analyze what he is seeing. He is like a dog chasing a car and that has gotten him in a lot of trouble in the past. NFL offenses have fooled him into chasing something that isn’t the primary part of the play to get him out of the way and then they do what they were really hoping for.

That was oftentimes a liability in 2021 and it is already proving to be in the very first preseason game.

If he doesn’t clean up his act, not only will he not realize his Pro Bowl potential, but he will be benched.

New signee Kwon Alexander has been surging up the depth chart with his prior knowledge of the system, great physique, and infectious leadership.

It seems at this point it is only a matter of time before he takes the reins away from Williams and becomes the main starting linebacker next to CJ Mosley.

As talented as Williams is, it doesn’t seem like you can coach his flaws out of him. That relentless pursuit seems to be the very fabric of his DNA and you’ll have to either take it or leave it.

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