Super Bowl champion Jordan Whitehead recognizes Jets potential

Jets safety Jordan Whitehead won a Super Bowl two seasons ago with the Buccaneers. He knows what a winning team looks like. He thinks the 2022 Jets can be one.

“Honestly, we have the parts,” Whitehead said Monday. “Each position group has their dogs in the team and we have a lot of depth. When I say this team could be great, we really can be great. It’s just about being consistent every day.

Whitehead signed a two-year contract with the Jets in March. He will be one of the team’s starting goalies and a key element in defense. The first test comes Sunday when the Jets have to slow down Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Whitehead will enter the season with a different uniform number than he wore in Tampa or training camp with the Jets. It was announced on Monday that he has moved from No. 6 to No. 3.

Jordan Whitehead has faith in his new Jets teammates.
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“Going back to when I started playing football, I started with No. 3,” Whitehead said. “It’s been so hard to get it since I’ve been playing.”

He used multiples of three in college (9), Tampa Bay (33) and when he arrived with the Jets (6). The jersey he desired became open after the Jets made their final cuts last week.

The Jets voted for three team captains: QB Zach Wilson, LB CJ Mosley and CB/special teams ace Justin Hardee. Jets coaches will select a fourth captain each week for games.

CB DJ Reed (knee) is still working on his way after missing the end of training camp. Coach Robert Saleh said Reed trained with the coaches on Monday and they wanted to see how the knee reacted before determining if he could play on Sunday.

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The Jets will rely on multiple rookies this season, and Saleh said it can be an adventure no matter how talented they are.

“You’re going to have your jaw-dropping moments,” Saleh said. “If I had hair, I’d pull it out, but you’re also going to have wow moments because they’re explosive. They’re full of energy and they’ve got a lot of talent, but at the same time, the mental aspect, I’ve always said this before, you play young guys with the hope that they become veterans mentally as they still own all of their athleticism that they showed when they raced at the combine and their pro days.

The Jets re-signed OL Conor McDermott, who was released last week. They cut rookie RB Zonovan Knight, who could return to the practice squad.

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