Jets admit they have a lot to do in order to catch Patriots: 'I don’t think we’re close at all'

Ryan Hannable
April 24, 2019 - 8:22 am

In his first days on the job, new head coach Adam Gase's message to the Jets was clear: the goal is to beat the Patriots.

But, that will be a lot easier said than done, and the Jets players admitted as much when speaking Tuesday.

“We’re just getting started,” new left guard Kelechi Osemele said to reporters. “I don’t think we’re close at all [to] what they’re doing up there in New England. It’s going to take a lot of work. We’re just putting down the first brick. We’re just laying that foundation. It’s good to be together and work on that. And take it one play at a time, one step at a time and install it.

"But we’re kidding ourselves if we’re saying we’re caught up with New England. That’s why we’re getting these extra camp days in and reporting early. So we can lay that foundation down and catch up.”

The Patriots have won 10 straight AFC East titles, which date back to when quarterback Sam Darnold was still in middle school.

“Tom [Brady] and Coach Belichick up there, they’ve been doing it for a while,” he said. “It’s no secret that they’ve kind of got it wired down. They’ve been doing it for 19 or so years. ... So, it’s always kind of chasing them, especially in this division. ... That’s the goal, but at the same time, it’s about us. What can we do to get better every single day?”

The Jets will select No. 3 overall in Thursday's draft.

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