Expectations were sky high for the Jets secondary in the preseason.
Nicknaming themselves "New Jack City" -- remember when that was a thing? -- the unit was supposed to be the Jets' No. 1 strength.
But as their season mercifully comes to a close Sunday in New England, only Pro Bowler Jamal Adams remained of the four starters in the secondary to start the season. Free safety Marcus Maye has been out most of the season, corner Morris Claiborne was also out injured, and Trumaine Johnson, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal in the offseason, was a healthy scratch.
Apparently Johnson, who turns 29 on New Year's Day, couldn't be bothered to show up for team meetings, or for practice on Friday.
Johnson wasn't listed on the Friday injury report, but apparently he wasn't there (or was late). He also didn't practice Wednesday, and head coach Todd Bowles said at the time the reason was "an in-house matter."
Don't expect Bowles to elaborate after the game. He has no incentive to rat out Johnson since he's expected to be fired either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Trumaine Johnson stats
Johnson played only 10 games this season as he dealt with a quad injury. He finished with 40 tackles, four interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown in a loss to Tennessee), one forced fumble, and a career-low five pass deflections.
Johnson's $8 million salary for 2019 is fully guaranteed, so they really can't cut him this offseason. Lucky, Jets.
There was also an ESPN report Sunday that Johnson may not be handling New York very well. Uh oh.
Safety Darryl Roberts (Maye's replacement) was also late for some things this week, ESPN reported, so that left the Jets with only veteran special-teamer Rontez Miles at safety.
Rashard Robinson, Derrick Jones and rookie Parry Nickerson saw most of the time at corner on Sunday, and were mostly torched by the Patriots receivers.