DENVER – Michael Carter II has a knack for making big interceptions… which are then canceled out by a penalty.
It looked like Carter was going to give the Jets offense a chance to win last week’s game against the Chiefs when he intercepted Patrick Mahomes with 4:19 left.
But the officials called the Jets corner on Sauce Gardner and Carter’s dramatic moment was not expected to happen.
When did he realize the flag had been thrown?
“I probably realized it when I got tackled,” Carter said last week. “I don’t know. It was just a little weird. There wasn’t a lot of celebrating. I probably looked at him when I finally got up and was like, ‘Dang, well, I must go back.”
This isn’t the first time Carter has been robbed of a big moment by officials.
Last year, Carter intercepted Patriots quarterback Mac Jones just before halftime and returned it for a touchdown at MetLife Stadium, but the play was wiped out by a rough passer call on the tight end defensive John Franklin-Myers.
Carter said he didn’t think about last year’s call at the moment, but it crossed his mind later.
“I was focused on getting off the field,” Carter said. “The journey was very long. I didn’t think about it until after the match. It was like, ‘Damn, this is the second time.’ It’s like that.”
The Jets defense has been the victim of some big plays this season. In their last two games, the Jets have allowed touchdowns of 34, 48 and 58 yards.
The Jets know they need to cut down on explosive plays.
“No ‘except for’ plays, you know? They’re the ones who are killing us right now,” defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich said. “With New England, it was the one-seam, the flat seven, and last week it was sloppy man coverage and the short-yardage play, and we can’t have that if We want to be the defense that we want to be.”
The Jets elevated WR Irv Charles and CB Craig James from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
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