Gilchrist (knee) may eventually be released, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports. Currently rehabbing from a torn patellar tendon suffered in December, the 28-year-old safety won't be able to pass a physical anytime soon. Once he's able to do so, Gilchrist could be part of the Jets' veteran purge that has already sent WR Brandon Marshall, C Nick Mangold and CB Darrelle Revis out of town.
Gilchrist (knee) will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn patellar tendon in Sunday's win over the 49ers, SportsNet New York reports. Although the Jets were able to get the victory Sunday, there was some attrition on both sides of the ball as both Gilchrist and Matt Forte suffered knee injuries. While the severity of Forte's injury has yet to be disclosed, it has been confirmed that Gilchrist will require surgery and miss the remainder of the season. He recorded 50 total tackles and two interceptions this season before suffering a torn patellar tendon Sunday. Doug Middleton will likely move into a starting role as the Jets' free safety for the rest of the 2016 campaign.
Gilchrist recorded three tackles Sunday against the Jaguars. Although Blake Bortles through 40 passes in this game, Gilchrist failed to record an interception in his third straight contest. In addition, he now has recorded fewer than four tackles in five of his last seven games.
The Jets will make their 2015 season debut Sunday against the Browns, and the team will have plenty of new defensive acquisitions on display. The secondary will feature the additions of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, nickel corner Buster Skrine and free safety Marcus Gilchrist. Plus, first-round pick Leonard Williams will move into the starting lineup due to Sheldon Richardson's four-game suspension. "I believe we can be as good as we want," defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson said, per NJ.com. "We can be great. We can be the No. 1 defense in the league. We've just got to come in each and every week improving and do our jobs every Sunday." The Jets defense is expected to be aggressive, especially with the blitz, under first-year coach Todd Bowles. "This defense should be a playoff defense," Skrine said. "The defense should get us in the playoffs. We have the defense to it. We've got a lot of talent on this defense. It's just about all coming together."
Although Jets defensive back Marcus Gilchrist is dealing with a shoulder injury, coach Todd Bowles said he is optimistic Gilchrist will be able to participate in training camp, reports the Associated Press. Gilchrist has been limited during the team's offseason activities because of the shoulder issue.