As you can imagine, it was a busy day here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. There are a number of topics to get to, so let’s clear the notebook.
Jenkins Visits the Chiropractor
One of the biggest fears of Jets Nation is an injury to one of their better players and NT Kris Jenkins was limited in practice Wednesday due to a lower back ailment. But Big Jenks told reporters there’s nothing to worry about.
“It’s not me trying to weasel out of work and it’s not me having like serious issues,” he said. “I wish I could tell you all this is probably the only time it will happen, but it may not be. It depends. If I feel something in my body that I may have to take care of, then I’m going to do it. I’m going to make sure whatever I do that I’m going to get my butt out on the field.”
Last September, the Jets got a huge scare during a Monday night game in San Diego. The 6’4”, 360-pound Jenkins experienced back discomfort during a 48-29 loss and spent most of that night on the sideline.
“This is the deal. Last year when we played San Diego, it was kind of like the same situation. I felt a little something, but I assumed that because I’m as tough as I am, I’ll be able to get through it and I’ll be fine,” he said. “Then when I went to the game, things happened and it didn’t work out the way I wanted to.”
Head coach Rex Ryan said Jenkins spent some time with the chiropractor today. Intent on having Jenkins 100 percent for Sunday’s divisional showdown against the Patriots, the Green & White took the safe approach.
“I’m trying to make sure that I give my team the best that I can give it,” Big Jenks said. “And if that means I have to go and do a couple of things real quick to make sure I’m ready to go on Sunday, then that’s what I have to do.”
A healthy Jenkins will be critical to the Jets’ success this weekend. Just days after the Patriots scored 12 points in the final minutes to claim a one-point comeback win over the Bills, Jenkins said the AFC East might be better than people think.
“I think Buffalo did some really good things against New England and I don’t think you can look at it like they got lucky. They went out there and they game-planned good, they schemed good and they played a great game. It didn’t work out for them at the end — New England was able to pull it off. But as a whole, I think it has something to say about our division. Our division is getting tougher.”
Revis, Randy to Meet Again
Last week during an online chat on newyorkjets.com, cornerback Darrelle Revis said Chad Ochocinco is the receiver who’s given him the most trouble throughout his career. But Randy Moss is no slouch, either, and after limiting Andre Johnson to just four receptions and 35 yards, Revis will attempt to lock up with the 6’4”, 210-pound Moss.
“I have been going against Moss since I’ve been here, so it’s nothing new,” Revis said. “Me and him have competed with each other before and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun and I can’t wait.”
Only a short time after his rookie holdout, Revis’ first professional action came against Moss and the Pats on Sept. 9, 2007. Moss responded with a nine-catch, 183-yard performance, but he’s averaged just three catches and 35 yards (including a stat shutout last September) in the three meetings since then. (Obviously, Moss didn’t have Tom Brady tossing him the rock in 2008.)
“He is a proven veteran. He has a lot of knowledge and a lot of tricks in his game of play,” said the Jets’ No. 1 corner. “Crazy stuff — pulling shirts, swim moves. Randy Moss is great at what he does.”
Having tasted defeat to the Patriots twice at home in his young career, the 24-year-old Revis wants his club to protect its turf.
“It’s a big game for us. They’ve won eight straight games and it’s embarrassing to be home and be the favorite to win, have the crowd into it and we didn’t pull it out in the past,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to get this win. We know they’re going to come down here ready and focused, and we have to snuff them out.”
Dramatically Different “D”
It’s been a youth movement for the Patriots on defense. Safety Rodney Harrison and OLB Tedy Bruschi retired, ILB Mike Vrabel was shipped to the Chiefs on draft weekend, and Bill Belichick recently shocked many in the football world with his move of DE Richard Seymour to the Raiders for a first-round pick in 2011.
“When you turn on Patriots film, you expect to see Seymour, Bruschi in the middle, Vrabel coming off the edge and Rodney Harrison coming out and clotheslining people,” said WR Jerricho Cotchery. “When you turn on the film and you don’t see those guys, it’s like, ‘Oh, man, what’s going on?’ It’s weird to see all those guys just leave at one time.”
And it’s been reported that LB Jerod Mayo, whose 139 tackles led the Patriots last year, will miss multiple weeks after injuring his knee Monday night. (The Patriots listed him today only as "did not practice.") Mayo was the defensive signal caller for what has become a younger unit.
“They’re definitely a faster team, but the other guys made up for it because they had seen so much and they had been in the system so long,” J-Co said. “Knowing exactly what to do made up for some of the speed.”
Addressing the Fine
The National Football League fined the Jets $75,000 and GM Mike Tannenbaum an additional $25,000 for failing to place Brett Favre on the injury report last December. Favre, now a Viking, publicly has stated that he played with a torn biceps tendon during the season’s final quarter.
"We have been fully cooperative with the League throughout this investigation and respect their decision," said the team in a statement.
Former Jets head coach Eric Mangini, who holds the same position now in Cleveland, was also fined $25,000.
Tags: Brett Favre, Darrelle Revis, Eric Mangini, Jerricho Cotchery, Kris Jenkins, Mike Tannenbaum, New England Patriots, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan
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