Jets CB Trumaine Johnson ‘upset’ by benching vs. Browns
New York Jets cornerback Trumaine Johnson was not happy with his benching against the Cleveland Browns and he made it clear after the game. Johnson didn’t get on the field until garbage time and after the game, he said he was upset about not playing.
He said during the week he was practicing off and on with the starters and wasn’t given any reason by the coaching staff why he wasn’t playing in the game.
Trumaine Johnson says he’s “upset” by benching. Says he didn’t get a reason from the coaches. Practiced with the starters on and off throughout the week. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 17, 2019
Coach Adam Gase was asked why Johnson didn’t see the field with the starters and it didn’t seem like something he was too interested in talking about.
”We just decided not to play him,” Gase said, offering no further explanation via Jets Wire.
Last season, Johnson was benched for oversleeping and missing a meeting and he didn’t seem to be in the best standing with the former coaching staff. Just two seasons ago, Johnson was given a five-year contract worth $72.5 million to be a lockdown corner for the Jets.
So far, that hasn’t worked out and now there are big questions about what is next. Against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, Johnson really struggled and that probably played a role in him not going against the Browns.
The cornerback position isn’t considered one that is all too strong for the Jets though, so it’s a bit shocking when they needed to cover Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, they didn’t feel like he was one of the best cornerbacks to try and slow them down.