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Pace Proclaims Himself Ready to Go for Vikes

Posted by Eric Allen on October 6, 2010 – 5:05 pm

It is truly “Go Time” for Calvin Pace.

After suffering a broken right foot in the Jets’ third preseason game, Pace will see his first regular-season action Monday night at New Meadowlands Stadium as the Vikings pay a visit.

“I’m just ready to go. To be honest with you, I’ve never looked forward to a week of practice compared to this week,” he said today. “I want to take as many reps as I can take.”

Telling reporters that he’s “91.5 percent,” Pace is feeling healthy and attempting to get his football rhythm back.

“It’s not necessarily the foot — it’s kind of the sense of just getting back into football,” he said. “It kind of has that feel of offseason when you come back and start OTAs. Kind of like ‘Man, I never played football before.’ ”

Friday will mark six weeks since Pace has appeared in a game. He practiced on a limited basis last week but the team concluded that it would be better if he got one more off before returning to action.

“I think the extra time and not playing Sunday helped me out and the good thing is we have a long week,” he said. “We don’t play until Monday, so every day I’m getting more treatment and practicing is going to help me, getting the feel of going against some other guys and running around.”

On the same day it was announced that the Vikings had secured a deal for WR Randy Moss, Pace reminded media types that RB Adrian Peterson, who’s averaging 131 yards a game on the ground, is a unique talent.

“He’s in a league of his own. It’s him and Chris Johnson right now. He has power and speed,” said Pace just days before he officially rejoins the Jets’ fourth- ranked rush defense (74.8 yards per game). “He is a guy you have to get everybody to the ball. Watching the Lions game, they stopped him and stopped him, and then he took one 80. He has that type of ability.

“It’s going to take a full game. It’s not necessarily you’re going to stop him for three quarters and think we’re good. And then in the fourth quarter, he might explode. We have to really key on him and get a lot of guys to the ball.”

The Jets have racked up eight sacks through four games, but their pass rush will get a boost from a performer who led the Green & White with 15 sacks combined in 2008-09. Vikings QB Brett Favre, who has been dumped behind the line six times, is not a threat to scramble and his line has had trouble protecting him at times.

“He’s going to stand there in the pocket and take a hit to make a big play,” Pace said. “When we get there, we have to make it count.”

Moss is the vertical threat the Vikings have sorely missed during their 1-2 start. Favre and company are averaging only 14.3 points a game and their passing game is ranked just 24th at 185 yards a contest.

“I wouldn’t doubt that the first play would be a bomb to Randy, but we’ve seen him before,” said Pace. “It’s not like he’s a guy we haven’t faced. He’s been in our division, we play him twice, so I think guys are pretty glued in on what Randy’s capable of.”

Jets Nation knows what Pace is capable of, too. An outstanding athlete, he’s a versatile outside linebacker who will rush the passer, drop in coverage and mix it up in the run game. And the wait to see No. 97 making plays once again is almost over.


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13 Responses to “Pace Proclaims Himself Ready to Go for Vikes”

  1. By IRA on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear Pace is ready. And they are going to need him this week to stop Peterson. This whole Moss thing is going to be over hyped. The comments above say it all. They have faced him before and know what to expect. Favre loves TE’s, and i would be more concerned about Shiancoe than Moss right now. Also glad to hear that they will not rush Revis back. Smart move let him be 100 % for the Packers.

  2. By 37 year fan on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Y….E…..S….YES ,…YES ,….YES…..With Randy Moss leaving the division,……The Arms race in the AFC East is over . The Evil Empires walls have fallen ….

  3. By 37 year fan on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    Pace is a Monster …nuff said …

  4. By davetharave on Oct 6, 2010 | Reply

    On some of these stories it gets hard to read the text because of the shift in the background color. Hey Eric, tell the web design team to change the shading in the text area.

  5. By scjoe on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    I agree Ira that Shiancoe is probably the guy you should be worried about. I don’t know who they will put on him, Leonard is not a good matchup and no LB will stay with him. I believe he is the guy you game plan for, of course Peterson can hurt you as well, but the emphasis should not be on Moss. From what I have seen of Favre so far this year he seems to finally be showing some age, so all of this may just be moot points.

  6. By MJC on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    It’s been a confidence booster seeing that our defensive line has still thrived without Pace and Jenkins up to this point but let’s be honest, having Pace back is absolutely HUGE! He does such a great job rushing the quarterback, and he seems to always push offensive lineman backwards which sets the edge and makes running backs that are trying to go outside the tackles have to run deeper and wider and gives our linebackers, corners, and safeties more time to come up and limit the running back to short gains or losses. It must be pretty scary for the rest of the league to see how great we’ve played since week one and know that with the 3 big players we have coming back this week, we’re about to get even better! Monday can’t come fast enough…GO JETS!!!

  7. By IRA on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Nice story by Randy about the MNF Miracle Game. I still can picture my wife and i walking out after the game and shaking our heads at what happened. Still hard to beleive. I think lost in the stories about that game were Coleman’s 3 picks. Wonder how J.Taylor is going to feel when he feels the buzz around the locker room of the ceremony?

  8. By IRA on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    scjoe,
    The reason the Jets have so much trouble covering TE’s is their LB’s are just too slow in pass coverage. I would use Pool or Lowery to cover Shiancoe on passing situations. You must use at least one safety back in deep coverage to help on Moss. I still would be very surprised if Revis plays this week. I want him for the Packers game and all the way to Dallas.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  9. By Alex.G on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Good News for the Jets he is a big part of the Defense that already is top ranked, Just hope Revis will “Man up” and get out there and play he don’t need to cover Moss Cromartie showed he can handle Moss but having Revis out there is enough to make coordinators re-think. about deep passing. big Game for us Coming up. this win put’s alot of negative talk from the hater’s at ease.
    I can see the Jets going the Distance as long as they continue to let Sanchez play. he looks Great. and never happier as a fan then I am now what a team we have this yr. GO JETS

  10. By GaryC on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Ira hits it right on the head, shiancoe could be jets biggest concern. the safeties have not shown a great ability to cover and shiancoe pass receiving has developed so much since he left the giants.Hopefully ferguson can have a good game and keep allen off of sanchez’s back and also edwards from the other side hope woody is up to the task.

  11. By Mr.Green on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    It’s amazing how everybody is giving Revis a free ride on this. If he wasn’t so greedy he would have been in training camp and let his agents do the negotiating. Everybody knows holding out is usually followed by an injury of some sort. So If he doesn’t play Monday that will be 22 days that he hasn’t played and another injury waiting to happen. Totally disappointed in situation brought on by Revis himself. No Defensive player of the year for this guy.

  12. By Ray on Oct 7, 2010 | Reply

    Arte Old School, thanks for the info on the chant, I’ve always wondered about how one of the greatest cheers in sports came into being…
    Revis needs to shut up about Moss, especially when he isn’t sure if he’ll be on the field monday night. Getting Moss fired up isn’t in our best interest, and saying Moss took his foot off the gas in the second half is kinda a slap in the face to Cro isn’t it?
    NE’s new offense… empty backfield, Tate, Welker, Edelman, Hernandez and Crumpler or Woodhead. Dink and dunk down the field. Throw in a little Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis when they want to look like they can run the ball. I wouldn’t bury these guys yet, they still have that winners mentality and that can carry a team a long ways.

  13. By Row on Oct 9, 2010 | Reply

    I really hope this doesn’t bite us in the rear. We need to play a lot of nickel vs the Vikings. Shianco is a beast. Our safety play is going to be huge here. We have yet to deter teams from going across the middle. (Pass D is 22nd) I would almost put Coleman on Harvin for a bit because Wilson hasn’t looked too good. Cromartie and Revis swapping on Moss and Lewis. Lowery can handle Shianco.. They are not going to run the ball as much as all these analysts predict. Nice to have Pace back, with that said, I only want to see him on 3rd down. Go Jets

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