Jets coach Adam Gase is excited about the new toys general manager Joe Douglas got him during the draft.
Gase was a guest on “Gang’s All Here,” The Post’s Jets podcast on Wednesday. He spoke about many different topics from Sam Darnold to the AFC East. Gase was particularly excited about the team’s top two draft picks — Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton and Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims.
“I think he’s a guy that can help us both in the run game and the passing game,” Gase said of Becton, who is 6-foot-7, 364 pounds. “When you’ve got a guy that size … when you meet him, that’s the first thing you notice, you just go, ‘Wow, this is a very big human being.’ I loved the first meeting we had with him at the combine.
“Before all this stuff was shut down, we got to sit down in Indy and go through some film with him. One of the first plays [offensive line coach] Frank [Pollack] had on, it was a run play and he’s pushing this guy. I mean, they’re 20 yards down the field. He might have given him a little late shove there … and Frank was kind of like, ‘a pretty good finish but a little late here.’ He goes, ‘Well, he should have thought about going down.’ I was like, ‘I like this guy.’ This guy has something to him. This guy has some nastiness to him. He’s the type of guy you want to be around.”
Gase said he believes Becton, who spent three years at Louisville, will only get better.
“The thing that is really encouraging for us is we know there’s room for growth,” Gase said. “We know there’s things we can do to help him improve. He’s the type of kid that wants to improve. He wants to get better. He knows that he’s not at the top of his game. Anytime you have a player that’s hungry and he’s a high draft pick, you know that he wants to be better than what he is, that’s something you get excited about as a coach.”
Mims should give the Jets’ passing game a jolt. He ran a blazing 40-time of 4.38 at the combine after having a productive college career with 28 touchdowns.
“For a big guy and a guy with the speed he has, his body control is unbelievable,” Gase said. “His ability to adjust to back-shoulder throws or throws that are thrown inside and he has to go over the top of a guy, he really does an outstanding job of lining himself up and making some really tough catches.”
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Gase said Mims has areas to improve upon but he feels it won’t take long.
“I know there’s some things that he absolutely wants to work on and we’re going to have that opportunity hopefully sooner than later,” Gase said. “I really think that his skill set is something that’s unique when you find a guy that can run that fast, he’s that big, he does have good hands, he’s able to make some really tough catches. It’s always going to be about just keep improving, be consistent.
“It’s going to be about finding what routes fit him out of the gate with us. Sometimes there’s more there than what you realize when a guy comes from a system where you see the routes he’s doing for them. There’s always more. It’s just that he hasn’t had the opportunity to do it yet. Just by watching him, seeing the routes he ran at Baylor, I think we’re going to be able to find some different ways to use him than what he’s done in college.”
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