Morris Claiborne played the past two seasons on one-year contracts for the Jets, but he wouldn’t mind sticking around for more.
While the cornerback will miss his first game of the season Sunday against the Patriots with shoulder and ankle injuries, he said he believes in the future of the team.
“I would love to be back here,” Claiborne said Friday. “Definitely. I love the culture. I love what the New York Jets have going on. I feel like it won’t be long before this team is a playoff team.”
The 28-year-old has two interceptions on the year but has committed some untimely penalties. He has been tasked with taking on some top receivers on his side of the field rather than the Jets’ other (and highest-paid) starting cornerback, Trumaine Johnson, handling those duties by himself.
Claiborne said he knows he could have done more this season but had no regrets.
“I went out there each and every week and I gave it my all, 100 percent for my teammates,” said Claiborne, who will miss out on the first 16-game season of his career. “In that [respect], I’m satisfied with how I approached this season and approached the game.”
Jamal Adams won the 2018 Curtis Martin Team MVP, as voted on by his teammates.
“That was kind of easy,” coach Todd Bowles said.
On the way to his first Pro Bowl, the safety has been an emotional leader for the Jets while amassing 104 tackles, nine for a loss, 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles.
“It means a lot, man,” Adams said. “To have guys respect me, not just on the field but off the field, it’s an honor.”
Adams, who said he’s “starting to get the respect that I deserve” on a national level, remained positive about the Jets’ future.
“Right now, obviously we’re going through a storm,” Adams said. “But the sun will shine sooner or later.”
Five other Jets were honored: DL Steve McLendon, Dennis Byrd Most Inspirational Player; WR Quincy Enunwa, Ed Block Courage Award; OL Jonotthan Harrison, Marty Lyons Award for Community Service; LB Avery Williamson, Kyle Clifton “Good Guy” Award; and TE Chris Herndon, Bill Hampton Award for “Rookie Who Acts Like a Pro.”
Sam Darnold will be without Enunwa (ankle) and Jermaine Kearse (Achilles) on Sunday. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoulder) is also out while LB Jordan Jenkins (ankle) is questionable.
Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers (left hip) practiced for the first time this week Friday and is expected to play.
Bowles said TE Eric Tomlinson’s season-ending toe lacerations — suffered Wednesday after dropping a weight on his foot — were a “freak accident.”
“I should hope not,” Bowles said when asked if Tomlinson’s toes came off.