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The New York Jets haven’t made the playoffs since the 2010 season – the longest active drought in the NFL – but linebacker C.J. Mosley believes this is the year his team will finally play meaningful games in January.

“I’m really expecting playoffs or bust,” Mosley said, according to Mark Inabinett of AL.com. “Obviously, that’s my goal every year, but I think it’s something that’s a realistic goal for our entire team and our coaches.”

New York went 4-13 last year, ranking last in the AFC East for the fifth time in the last six seasons. It was the Jets’ first campaign with head coach Robert Saleh, who joined the club last offseason to replace Adam Gase.

“Last year, everyone was kind of learning the system and learning each other,” Mosley said. “This year, coming into the offseason, you can tell guys already know it, and we’re two steps ahead of where we were last year as far as being in the playbook. We know what we have to do, guys are comfortable and now it’s all about going out there and making plays and executing, so I think that’s going to be the biggest step for us this year.”

Mosley played his first full season with the Jets in 2021. The 30-year-old joined the team in 2019 on a five-year, $85-million deal but was limited to two games that season due to injury. He then opted out of the 2020 campaign due to COVID-19.

“Being out pretty much two years, it put a lot of things in perspective,” said Mosley, who amassed a team-high 168 tackles, two sacks, and two forced fumbles last year.

“Everybody’s human, so when you’re out that long of a time, a lot of things run in your head about how long you want to play, you’re getting older, who’s the next guy, those type of things. But at the end of the day, I had to come out here by myself and put in the hard work, and it paid off this past season.”

The Jets drafted four rookies who are expected to start: wide receiver Garrett Wilson, running back Breece Hall, defensive end Jermaine Johnson, and cornerback Sauce Gardner.

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New York Jets players don’t believe the rumors of a Jamal Adams trade.

“To me, I wasn’t too worried about (the Jets trading Adams this offseason),” linebacker C.J. Mosley told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “That would be a crazy move.”

“First of all, he’s one of the leaders on the team,” he added. “That’s first and foremost. He brings that extra energy whether guys want it or not. Sometimes you might be tired or not feeling good, but as soon as he steps on the field, you’re going to hear that voice and he’ll be flying around. To have that presence in the secondary, a guy that can make plays in the passing game and also plays in the backfield – in the box – that’s always exciting.”

After reportedly engaging in trade talks during the 2019 campaign, Jets general manager Joe Douglas said he currently doesn’t plan to move the two-time Pro Bowler but “will listen” if teams call.

New York has reportedly yet to express any official interest in extending Adams this offseason. The 24-year-old is eyeing a new contract and called out the team’s management last year for shopping him prior to the deadline, causing a temporary rift between the two sides.

The Jets ranked seventh in total defense a year ago, and Mosley insisted his focus would remain on helping the unit improve rather than addressing potential trades.

“Once we get everybody back, and everybody already has a year under their belts as a defense, we can take this to another level,” he said.

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase announced Monday that linebacker C.J. Mosley will be out five-to-six more weeks with the groin injury that has hampered him throughout the season, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

The 27-year-old aggravated his groin in Week 7 while returning from a four-game absence. He’s suited up for only two contests in 2019.

Mosley was expected to be a centerpiece of the Jets’ defense after joining the club on a five-year, $85-million contract in free agency. He made four Pro Bowls in five years with the Baltimore Ravens prior to signing in New York.

The 1-6 Jets will take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 9.