Jets linebacker Tarell Basham showing off his versatility

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ORCHARD PARK — In the last two weeks, Jets outside linebacker Tarell Basham has intercepted a pass, blocked a punt for a touchdown and registered a sack. Basham is one of the Jets who fans probably did not know entering the season, but now has made an impact.

“He just always seems to be the kind of guy that does a really good job of whatever we’re asking to do, whether it’s he’s dropping, he’s rushing, he’s playing different spots, base, sub,” coach Adam Gase said. “He’s kind of been our guy. He’s done everything.

“When he’s dropped, he’s found himself in some tough matchups, but he’s made some good plays and when he’s had his opportunities to rush, he’s done a good job of disrupting the quarterback. I just feel like he’s done a really good job of practicing hard, just doing what’s asked and then on gameday, he’s done what’s necessary for us to help us win.”

Last week, Basham picked off a Duck Hodges pass in the first quarter to stop a Steelers drive.

“That was a person, without saying it the wrong way, saying this the right way, people thought that he’d have a tough time playing for this staff,” defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “He’s exactly what we want. He comes to work every day with a chip on his shoulders.

Tarell Basham (No. 93) celebrates after getting an interception during Sunday win against the Steelers.Getty Images

“He can play in the special teams. He can play outside linebacker. He can play defensive end. He can play off the ball. He can cover kicks. He can do all those things and he’s been wanting somebody to say, ‘Do it this way. Do it this way.’ Then, all of a sudden, he did it and now, once you do it the way we tell you to do it, then we offer a little bit of, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ I say, ‘Show me. Show me.’ He’s done a very good job of that.”

The Jets’ litany of injuries this season has been well documented, as has their effect on the offense and defense. But special teams has felt it, too. The Jets have used 60 different players on special teams this season.

“I don’t think I could be more proud of this unit,” special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said. “We’ve had so many injuries this year, played so many guys and to all their credit, to the people upstairs that have brought all these guys in and I think they’ve done a hell of a job with how hard they’ve played week-in and week-out.

“They’ve come in, they’ve learned this new system, they’re trying to do exactly what I’m trying to get done every week. They’ve come in and done a hell of a job and fight every single week and to a man, it’s been awesome. I love this group.”

The Jets signed OL Ben Braden off of the practice squad and placed guard Tom Compton on injured reserve.

The Jets claimed TE Ross Travis off waivers from the Colts and placed G Alex Lewis on IR. Travis did not make the trip to Buffalo and will not play Sunday.

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