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Nos. 88, 25 Could Factor into Sunday’s Game

Posted by Randy Lange on November 19, 2010 – 2:07 pm

It’s possible Jets fans will be seeing a few uniform numbers on Sunday against Houston that they haven’t seen in a while or saw in different places on the field.

A lot of that has to do with the Jets’ injury situation. Rex Ryan at his news conference today said three players will sit out the Texans — WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) and CBs Dwight Lowery (concussion) and Marquice Cole (hamstring).

So what happens at WR? No. 88 should make his return.

“We’ll call Patrick Turner up” from the practice squad, Ryan said. “The first thing you notice about him is he’s a big guy [6'5", 220]. I like the way he’s been practicing. He competes hard every day. I give him a lot of credit. He was pushing Darrelle when he was getting ready for that huge kid at Detroit [Calvin Johnson]. We gave Patrick a gameball for that. They almost got into a fight, he was working him so hard.”

And with two corners down, who might be a fifth corner in a pinch? That could be No. 25.

“I think Joe McKnight,” Ryan said of his versatile rookie RB. “He’s been working that way. We probably won’t be very multiple with him out there in coverage, but we taught him a couple of zones, and I think we even taught him some man coverage, so he’ll be all right. He’s a great athlete. He’s getting ready to explode. The way he’s practiced, he’s earned our trust back. It’s just a matter of time before we expect to see him out there a little bit, running back, receiver, corner. He’s going to play some for us.”

How much against Houston remains to be seen, but Rex threw it out there.

Week’s Final Injury Report

Besides the three “outs,” Ryan and his medical and training staff listed two new “limited” players today — LB David Harris (calf) and WR Brad Smith (low back). But the coach said they’ll both be probable for the Texans.

So will all six full-practice injury listees. You will be able to see the full injury list now under the Team > Injury Report link on the newyorkjets.com home page.

The Texans’ final injury report shows TE Owen Daniels as out for this game with a hamstring injury. QB Matt Schaub (knee)  practiced full today but is listed as questionable for the game. WR Andre Johnson (ankle) was also limited but is probable. LB Zac Diles’ illness kept him out of his second practice and he is questionable.

Rex Remembers Elliott

Many have sent their remembrances of John Elliott, the Jets’ Super Bowl III defensive tackle who died in Texas last week, from having watched him on TV in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Rex Ryan was one who could recall first-hand seeing John work in practice. Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential asked him about his memories during the news conference.

“No. 80, I believe. At the time I think he was 6’5″, and he was a rare guy. He was one of those special, talented guys, explosive off the snap, a guy with great height and length. Man, was he great. You talk about why the Jets won, you look at the way he played, the way Gerry Philbin played. The Jets were No. 1 in the AFL in defense in those days, and I know John Elliott was a huge part of that.”

Rex Cetera

About 75 members of five branches of the U.S. Military attended practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center today. Rex: “I always like having our guys around the military. How fortunate we are to have men and women like that so we can have the freedom to do this.” … Ryan confirmed that the Jets worked out LB Shawn Crable, released Wednesday by the Patriots, but no word yet on if Crable will be signed to the practice squad.

Update, 6:10 p.m.: The Jets have just confirmed their roster moves. Patrick Turner has been signed to the active roster, DT Jarron Gilbert (waived Thursday) and LB Shawn Crable have been signed to the practice squad, and DB Will Billingsley has been released from the P-squad.


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14 Responses to “Nos. 88, 25 Could Factor into Sunday’s Game”

  1. By wayne on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    One day Mcknight will turn into someone guys will be whining about why the Jets don’t sign him before they lose him……Oh yeah, all of a sudden Lowery is a valuable member of the NY Jets. I’ll say it again, he’ll be a productive player in the NFL for at least 10yrs……………………….BLOW OUT VICTORY SUNDAY

  2. By GaryC on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    well, well. as Kay Kyser sang in the big band days praise the lord, and pass the ammunition.time to get McKnight on the field to see what he can do.Like I stated yesterday, with cotchery out,who knows for how long need to see what Mcknight has before playoffs roll around.Love to see him handle some punt returns and be on the field as the slot receiver to get some mismatches.

  3. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s a way to get the crowd into the game: Whenever we have the ball on first and goal inside the 10, start chanting, “RUN THE BALL FOUR TIMES!!!”

  4. By Seth on Nov 19, 2010 | Reply

    Remember John Elliot vividly as if it was yesterday. A great D tackle who was a beast for the Jets during their championship run and a few years hereafter. Verlon Biggs, Johnny Sample, Sam Walton, Weeb, and now John Elliot. So very sad. Quite an array of ex Jet greats now playing on God’s squad. Makes you realize how fast life is. Gods speed guys. You were the best.

  5. By J.Z. on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    we will see McKnight first looked like he was scared all the time, then the few plays against that porous bills D he looked like he was focused, maybe it is his time.i have to be honest, when and if he handles the ball my heart will be in my throat! i hope he does well; i really do, but there is nothing worst than a fumbler.Lowery has gone unnoticed with all the attention going to 24 and 31 till that greaat game winning pick 6 on farve. will be missed on Sunday.this game is a must win.expect a firery Texans team fighting to stay alive in the play off race.

  6. By Ray on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Amazing how some players don’t pan out. I thought Crable would be a solid LB in this league and now he’s cut from the Pats. I hope maybe Rex can turn him around…or is this just to pick his brain.

  7. By scjoe on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know if Turner will be active Sunday, I would love to see what he can do, he has exceptional size and that could be huge in the red zone. I think if you line him up outside with BE and play SH in the slot it could be lights out for Houston. But if history tells us anything, he probably will end up on the inactive list, to bad! As for McKnight? From where we sit we really have no way of knowing if any progress has been made as far as ball handling, so in Rex we trust. I say give him a roll this week, I think this is the perfect opponent to do just that. Jets in a shootout 34-28

  8. By IRA on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Crable is a good signing. I liked him coming out of Michigan and you all know Harris was his teamate there. Hope this works out. Also McKnight has to make a tackle on ST this week. He let one get away last week.

  9. By scjoe on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you on the Crable signing Ira, I liked him coming out too, I think he is a good fit in the 3-4 and I hope Rex can get the production out of him that Belichek couldn’t. 64tom, I like the chant, but how about “just get the damn ball in the endzone” 4 times instead? I am not that particular on how they get it in, just get it in!

  10. By Performing on Nov 20, 2010 | Reply

    Instead of calling Patrick Turner up from the practice squad, I would liked to have seen them activate Jeff Cumberland. He looked like a real raw talented player who seemed tough to cover. In passing situations, put Keller in the slot and keep Cumberland tight.

  11. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    Not specific enough for Schotty, scjoe, he’ll keep getting discouraged on the 2 with 3 more downs to go and try to throw instead of just punching it in. I’m okay once in awhile with a jump to Edwards in the back corner of the end zone, that rollout to the right where Sanchez hits Keller in the front corner, and maybe something over the middle to Holmes or J-Co if we’re back near the 10. Anything else when we’re within the 5 we oughtta be able to just run it in or else we better stop talking this ground and pound nonsense, since we apparently talk it but don’t walk it.

  12. By GaryC on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    they’ll be showing jet game live in indy this week against texans, lets see the improvement expected for team that is headed for playoffs.I will get a better prospectus of the team this week.Please don’t let this be a rant weekend, rather a rave.

  13. By Mike Jet Vet on Nov 21, 2010 | Reply

    MckNight might play some CB did I read that right ? Rex did you lose your every loving mind..he can’t make a tackle on STS Schaub will carve him up like a thanksgiving turkey .. Rex even you said he needed to gain your confidence back at the position he’s been playing his whole career RB we can guess why which gave him butterflies in camp BTW, better off taking a shot using a safety at CB then McKnight if the situation presents itself …well in my opinion anyway..

  14. By Shea Saturday Night Game on Nov 22, 2010 | Reply

    John Elliott was a great player who could have been an all-time great if he hadn’t hurt his knee. Was a quick undersized defensive tackle like Henry Jordan. Elliott played linebacker also at Texas. Caught Weeb’s attention in an exhibition game when he tackled the tight end in the open field on a reverse.

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