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Pack Ready to YAC, Jets Set to Talk Right Back

Posted by Randy Lange on October 28, 2010 – 4:47 pm

The Jets will be put to the test by the Green Bay passing game on Sunday. The Packers’ yards after catch is a little down this year but the receivers that made up their YAC Attack that was No. 1 in the NFL in YAC in ’07 and No. 5 last year — Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and James Jones — are still around and ready to conspire with Aaron Rodgers to come after the Jets’ pass defense.

But as Rex Ryan said today, hit us with your best shot.

“We have to play an excellent team, a team that a lot of experts predicted would be a Super Bowl contender,” the head coach said at today’s news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “This is no easy task but we think we’ll be up to it.”

Specifically, one got the sense Ryan is feeling as if Darrelle Revis is back to his old self after battling that hamstring following his holdout.

“We’re past that now,” he said with his confident smile. “He’s ready to roll. I’m firmly convinced we’re through with that.”

So that could mean that Revis and Antonio Cromartie will be at their best in taking on Driver and Jennings. But with Jones, Jordy Nelson and TE Andrew Quarless (in place of the IR’d Jermichael Finley) operating as well, the Jets’ sub packages also need to be on point. And they also seem to be coming together with the big plays of Drew Coleman and Dwight “Closing Time” Lowery.

Which led to a question about first-round rookie CB Kyle Wilson and where he’s fitting in these days.

“I’m feeling better about Kyle. I think he’s practicing better,” Ryan said. “But we’re in the win business. Kyle’s going to be a great contributor to us. He does have some rules. But with the play of Coleman and the play of Dwight, his role is shrinking. And there’s only one way to get a bigger role, and that’s to show it on the practice field, and when you do get opportunities in the game, you’ve got to show up.”

There’s no question that Wilson has many great physical and intangible attributes, but also no question that he was under the gun early on, when he made starts in his first three NFL games.

What has Rex seen that Wilson needs to work on?

“The biggest thing is finding the football,” he said. “I think a part of it also is that he’s a young player, he’s a rookie coming in here. Especially with changing game plans each week, you think you’ve got it but now we’re doing something different. That’s the way the league’s played. Sometimes it takes a little longer for guys to get the feel of it. I think you see the same thing with [second-rounder] Vlad Ducasse. He’s not quite there yet.”

A Whole Lot of Green

The Jets and Packers became injury-intertwined today when it was reported that former Jets NT Howard Green was claimed off of waivers by the Pack.

The immediate thought is that coach Mike McCarthy and his staff might want to bounce some ideas off of “Big How’rd” on what the Jets like to do offensively. But there is another pressing problem for the Green & Gold and that is the health of their defensive front. Cullen Jenkins, Kris’ kid brother, remained limited in practice today with his calf injury and starting DE Ryan Pickett hasn’t been practicing with an ankle injury.

“I’m happy for Howard,” said Ryan. “It’s not surprising. I thought when we released him, I told our guys [the Packers would] probably pick him up. He’s a big, thick body.”

The Jets weren’t looking to lose their availability to Green, who’s been waived and re-signed several times in his two seasons with the Jets. But every time a player is reluctantly released, there is a chance he won’t return to that team, and there are always good reasons for exposing players to other NFL teams, some of them explained, some not, many of them having to do with the league’s roster rules. Ryan wasn’t going into detail on Green.

“We did what was in the best interests of our football team,” he said. “I’m happy for Howard. I’m not concerned he’s play for them. There are a lot of things that go into it. We’ll leave those things private with our team internally. Everybody knows what I think of Howard. He’s a tremendous young man. I appreciate everybody that comes through here. But every decision is in the best interests of our organization, our team, so that’s the decision we made.”

It appears Green fills the roster spot that opened up when the Pack placed injured starting LB Brad Jones on injured reserve.

Health Watch

The Jets’ injury list got even slightly better, with LB Calvin Pace moving from limited team drills to full practice today along with Revis and Nick Mangold.

The Packers’ list got a little boost as LT Chad Clifton (knee) went from limited to full. But as we mentioned, Jones went on IR and six starters remain either limited or not practicing.


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23 Responses to “Pack Ready to YAC, Jets Set to Talk Right Back”

  1. By J.Z. on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    the jets can get to rogers without blitzing. BUT rex and mike p. LOVE TO GET TO THE Quarterback to much. they said green bay would be in the Superbowl at the start of the season. this game could be a preview.on the other hand we’ve all heard and seen the comments about revis being himself. i don’t think this will be dominate game for him he was just about 50%in the Minnesota game if that a little better in Denver maybe 67.8% probably 83.7% at the buy he probably 90%like pace who can and will run down rogers.JETS 28 greengay20 go JETS JETS JETS

  2. By IRA on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Thats right the Packers YAC could be scary. I feel Rodgers is a top 5 QB in the NFL. If given time he can pick apart any team especially with the WR’s he has. Lets get real he is going to complete passes. Key is to limit the YAC and they better not fall asleep on Nelson otherwise he will burn them. The Jets have not played their best football at home in many years. Probably it goes back to 98. Its time to change that and have a solid complete game at home and take care of a team you are supposed to beat.
    Jets 27- Packers 23
    Keller and Greene and LT big games and this could be the week LT throws a TD pass.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  3. By Pranit on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    One of the goals should be to get the defense playing better ….And GB is a great test for our secondary….And it’ll tell if Revis is really back to 100%…Go Revis !

    Also Sanchize needs to instill confidence back among jet nation….

    go Jets !

  4. By Pranit on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    One other side note: None of this years draft choices seem like good ones except maybe Connor (at least as of yet). Wilson, Duccasse, McKnight all below expectations so far…We definitely can’t afford Wilson to be a flop,,,,

  5. By IRA on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Pranit, You have to give a player 2-3 years before you say they aren’t going to make it. Wilson will be fine. He just needs some better techniques to be fixed. McKnight not sure and Ducasse will be moved back to RT next year. Conner is the prize for this season.
    The Packers not only are they beat up they have just plaued two OT games and Sunday night game. They have to be a tired team.

  6. By Troy on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Pranit,

    Lets not forget though that Santonio Holmes ,and A.Cromartie,are in a sense like draft picks ,though A-Cro’s isnt until the upcoming draft ,but I’ll take these guys for 5th and a 3rd..But I your right about this not being MR.T’s best draft ,McKnight might not ever be player on this level , Wilson will be solid with a year or 2 of expierence ,Ducasse looks like 3-4 year project (he doesnt even have a positon at the moment) fortunatly were Talented & Deep as hell in all 3 of those postions..

  7. By GaryC on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    holmes and cromartie are free agents after this year, so only time will tell if they are better than a draft choice who you sign for a longer duration.Also don’t give up on this years crop.It takes some a little longer to develop for some and playing time also helps, that is why gholston is the bust. playing time has not helped him make impact.Jets might try to swing a deal for Mark Anderson of the bears who was beaten out as defensive end, but a couple years ago was a very good sacker.

  8. By wayne on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    This should be a fairly easy win…The Pack is coming off very emotional win, they’re beat up on both sides of the BALL and that OL is not that good. They’ve got weapons, they will put up a fight, but their big game was last week..Did someone say trap game?…..On to Mr. Sanchez. Can’t blame his performance on Holmes being new to the attack, he’s suppose to find the open man and he’s not doing that…..Oh well, time ground and pound……LETS HOPE RODGERS FEET DOESN’T CAUSE THIS D TROUBLE.Where’s the PASSRUSH?

  9. By Ray on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Gary C. by that same logic you would have to know who the Jets would have drafted with those picks to say that Cro and Holmes weren’t a better choice. Kind of like the “should they draft Jahvid Best or not” debate that went on in here, you can’t go by who was available at the time, but who the Jets would have drafted and that is entirely speculation. But given that the Jets were clearly gearing up for a run THIS year, it is pretty safe to say no 3rd or 5th round pick this year could have the impact on this team that Cro or SH are having. So from that standpoint, they were a better option.

  10. By GaryC on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    to Ray, So what happens if we don’t win THIS year and cromartie and holmes do not sign.Do we let the patriots and dolphins get stronger because we are looking for quick fixes and they are looking long term with draft picks that they can sign long term.over the years the teams who drafted ie, the steelers,49ers and cowboys knew how to draft and had years of success.

  11. By IRA on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    GaryC, Holmes will be back AC too. Edwards i think is the odd guy out. But there are many others like Coleman,Ellis,Folk,Harris,Hunter, Digs,Laury,Pool,Mizzou,E. Smith,Weatherford that are all up for new contracts. This year like i said back in March is Dallas or Bust!

  12. By Row on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t care what anyone says, Edwards has over and beyond outplayed every other receiver on this team and deserves the contract if there is one to be had. I am tired of this character crap when players play. B. Smith must stay. Holmes is an upgrade, so why can’t we have them both? Cotch has been somewhat clutch, but that spot has been turned over to Keller. Cotch is a slot guy now. I am tired of the behind the line WR screen, it’s time for real football. Slants, intermediate timed routes that must not be thrown high anymore. There are 10 games left guys! It’s not over! Go Jets.

  13. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    GaryC, Ira, and Ray, if we win big or come close, Holmes, Edwards, and especially Cromartie will be dying to come back. They know that both our O and D units are a year or two away from being truly dominant, and they’ll especially feel that way if they think they didn’t quite get a full, normal season — Holmes with the suspension, for example, or Cromartie’s summer getting screwed up by Revis’ nonsense. If we lose big or choke embarrassingly, all bets are off. But like Ray says, few draft choices can make the immediate impact of a Holmes, Cromartie, or Edwards. Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt are great in their 2nd years, for instance, but they’re not quite Santonio Holmes.

  14. By scjoe on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, you are fooling yourself if you believe any of these players will resign simply on the basis of winning it all or come close to winning it all this season. They will follow the money Period! Whoever offers the bigger contract will acquire there services. Players often say what is politically correct during a season, especially when things are going well, but in the end it is simply all about the money. And really, you can’t blame them, with 32 teams in a bidding war for their services all they (and their agents) really consider is the money, not who is close to winning it all. Ok, benefit of the doubt, that is true with 99 out of 100 players anyway. What would you do in their situation?

  15. By scjoe on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, I disagree that it is Dallas or bust this year. I happen to believe the Jets best years are still in front of them. Their is a nucleus of good young players, and most locked up for the next 4 or 5 years. I am not sure which of these star players will resign (BE, SH,AC, etc.) I think first priority should be their own, (David Harris), then let the chips fall where they may. They have drafted well in recent years and Mr T has a knack of acquiring above average talent when needed. A SB this year would be great, but they will be in the mix for the foreseeable future.

  16. By Ray on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Gary, first of all, it doesn’t matter if we don’t win this year, the point is they geared up to TRY to win this year, so a third and a fifth doesn’t equal SH and AC. Second, you can wait three years and look back and say “oh, we could have had this guy or that guy” but as I said before that is assuming that is who we would have drafted had we kept the pick. Do you think NE wouldn’t have taken SH for a 5th if they didn’t have Moss at the time? And for that matter who knows if they would have gone for AC? No one knows if they were even contacted. Maybe you would prefer a GM like Ted Thompson who refuses to give up picks to get players to improve his team (wouldn’t give up a 4th for Moss, wouldn’t give up a 4th for Marshawn Lynch)?

  17. By Ray on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Having a whole bunch of picks does not guarantee long term success. It is what you do with those picks and I think we have done quite well in the last several drafts with our limited picks. Since 2007, not including this year since they are still developing. We had only 13 picks and got Revis, Harris, Lowery, Keller, Sanchez, Greene and Slauson. 7 out of 13 are solid contributors! Now look at NE over the same time period, they had TWENTY NINE picks!! Look at their team depth chart. Chung, Merriweather, Tate, Edelman, Mayo and Vollmer are the starters or regular contributors (you could argue Crable and Butler play alot). 6-8 out of 29?!! I’ll take a GM any day who will both draft wisely and use later picks to trade for proven ….

  18. By Ray on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    ….talent that can help us now, rather than horde a bunch of later round picks hoping we catch lightning in a bottle. Are you telling me that you would rather have drafted some guy in the 5th round who will be a career depth guy (translation – backup) than use that pick to grab Santonio Holmes, even if it was for one year??? If Mr. T had drafted a bunch of guys who look like Tarzan but play like Jane (a favorite line of Chris Spielman’s) I would agree with you. But let’s give these guys some credit for what they have put on the field this year. And if Holmes and AC leave, I have faith they will find someone else to fill the void….probably for another 5th round pick!

  19. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Row, that’s your best post EVER, brilliant and gutsy on all levels! scjoe, what I would do doesn’t matter because I’m not a guy who dreamed of playing in the NFL since I was 6 and then actually got to do it. But I think of the three main factors that players focus on a lot in choosing a team — money, the team’s chances of winning, and the head coach — we score out incredibly high on at least two out of three of them if not all three. I can’t picture Holmes, Cromartie, Edwards, or anyone else we have who’s any good for that matter anxious to leave a 12-4 Jet team that makes it to the championship or the SB, much less wins either.

  20. By Row on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    IRA, I understand that you know greed is what makes the NFL so damn good. It’s hilarious how guys like Kellen Winslow,Atogwe, Asomugha end up with teams like they do. I think our weakness is obviously at DL, LB, and S but somehow we are 5-1.. Rex is a schemer, and as long as we can fill the holes, the Jets can win. Cromartie has done nothing but play remarkable, Edwards the same. To the subject though, I don’t think Wilson is a nickel corner. I think too many coaches neglect to look at the video of these college players after they are drafted to see their strong points. This guy is a man to man corner who’s used to having one of the best safeties in college football. He ran back 3 punts, we need to use him as such. He is also physical

  21. By Row on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    …Cont’d
    Wilson was/is the perfect fit for the Jets. In the NFL, he already has 16 tackles. The guy has already deflected a few passes. Rotate him with Revis. Let him return some punts. Quarless has been a no show in the absence of Finley. I think we don’t need to worry much about their beat up WR corps. Just get to Rodgers. Plain and simple. Keep the corners rotating, and do whatever you can to blanket the middle of the field. It is time for someone to knock the socks off of a WR or a TE. Go Jets (I can’t wait to watch!)

  22. By scjoe on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, glad to see you put “money” first on your list of most important factors FAs look at, the truth is, when it comes right down to it that is THE most important, and that is part of my point. The money part will be the biggest stumbling block for the Jets this off season, just to many good, high profile FAs on this team alone, not to even mention if they want to go out and sign someone else not on this current team. None of us know what the new CB agreement will bring, but I can see from now that the money will not go around to everyone we think, or hope it will go around to. This years draft will be a very, very, important one because of that issue.

  23. By charliejet on Oct 31, 2010 | Reply

    Future draft choices? Next year? Are you kidding me? What about NOW the players are in the NOW. But no us fans already thinking next year and future years. I’ ll say i again… ONE —- GAME—- AT—– A—–TIME …………
    (BRICK BY BRICK)

    GO JETS !!!! GO JETS!!! GO JETS!!!!

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