6'3'' / 200 lbs
Gardner, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury during training camp, is playing in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.
It marks the first time that Gardner has seen game action during the preseason. He'll likely get a light workload as the Jets look to avoid any unnecessary risk ahead of the regular season.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
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Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
Career Stats by Season: 2022 to 2022
Gardner (hamstring) will participate in individual drills Thursday, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Gardner was sidelined Wednesday, as the team elected to be cautious with their star corner. Although he'll return to practice now, the team will still take a lighter approach with him and relegate the 22-year-old to individual drills. Ultimately, there is little reason for the Jets to push him this early in camp with Week 1 still multiple weeks away.
Gardner (hamstring) will not practice Wednesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Gardner's absence is precautionary, according to head coach Robert Saleh. Considering the standout rookie season the 22-year-old had, including being named to the All-Pro team, it would make sense that the team would prefer the better safe than sorry route. He'll likely return to practice in the days ahead, although it wouldn't be surprising if he sat out Saturday's preseason contest against the Panthers.
Gardner finished the 2022 season with 75 tackles (51 solo), two interceptions and a league-high 20 passes defensed.
Gardner's addition played a key role in New York's historic improvement on defense compared to last season, as the Jets went from 29.6 points allowed per game to 18.6. There's a strong argument that the fourth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was the best cover corner in the league as a rookie considering Gardner led the NFL in passes defensed despite teams rarely throwing his way. Many a prominent wide receiver was "lost in the Sauce" in 2022, and that's likely to remain a common theme for years to come.