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Woody, Pryce Set to Return to the Trenches

Posted by Randy Lange on January 4, 2011 – 4:51 pm

Two of the Jets’ trench titans are poised to climb off the injury list and make contributions to Saturday night’s wild-card effort in Indianapolis.

On the offensive side of the LOS, right tackle Damien Woody has been battling his knee for weeks. He left the Houston game early, then started without practicing during team drills against Cincinnati, New England and Miami before also leaving the Dolphins game early and getting arthroscopic surgery.

Today was his first heavy practice day since, oh, about Nov. 12.

“I haven’t done anything like that in a while,” D-Wood said. “I feel pretty good. It’s a little sore, but that’s to be expected. I’m just going out and doing things and trying to get better every day and build toward Saturday.”

That was the plan back when he got the scope. You know he didn’t want to unplug himself from the lineup — the 12th-year man had started 48 straight games, including playoffs, since arriving in 2008. But if he couldn’t keep showing up for games, the next best thing would be to show up for the next playoff game, which is in Lucas Oil Stadium in four nights.

“It’s a different feeling when you’re in the training room and rehabbing. You almost feel like you’re disconnected from everybody,” he said. “So today was he first day I got back out there with the guys and really practiced. It’s just a good feeling to get out there and get the reps that I really need in order to be effective on Saturday, so I’m definitely excited.”

Rex Ryan wasn’t revealing this early in the week that Woody would be starting against the Colts, but as the head coach said, “Damien was out there today running with the ones,” so it sounds as if there’s a chance he’ll be dancing with Robert Mathis as the Jets OL tries to keep Indy’s most excellent ends at bay.

As for Trevor Pryce, Ryan said the early-season acquisition from the Ravens didn’t practice in team drills today “but he’s going to be fine.” Pryce has sat out the last three games and had been limited in practice the past two since injuring his hip against Miami. At first he thought he’d be OK quickly. Then he said he saw his MRI and thought he wasn’t coming back this season.

“The treatment worked,” he said today. “Three weeks off is good, until it gets boring.”

Pryce has been in some postseason skirmishes before but he didn’t have to dredge up war stories from his 14-year career to get his teammates pumped up today at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.

“Practice goes faster, guys are a little edgy, everybody’s excited and that comes out on the practice field,” said the 14-year man. “We might’ve messed some things up out there today, but everybody was going full tilt today. It was like training camp.”

If Pryce is feeling fully frisky, he could be one of the wild cards the Jets can deal at Peyton Manning and the Indy offense that they didn’t have last year. Getting some inside pressure, getting Peyton off his mark and out of his comfort zone. But he knows that’s easier said than done.

“There’s nothing you can say that hasn’t already been said, that people didn’t already know. The man’s as good as there has been in the history of the game,” he said. Slowing him down “is really difficult. You can’t get impatient. You’re not going to sack him unless he falls down. You can get to him but he’s not going to have the ball in his hand when you do get to him.”

“A lot of people have a sixth sense,” Pryce said of Manning’s pocket presence. “It’s kind of like being a cop. ‘I know that guy did it. I just can’t prove it yet.’ Even if you’re trying to fool Peyton, he’ll see something, block it out and make an assumption. If he’s right eight out of 10 times, he looks great.”

It’ll be up to Pryce to try to make Manning look less great and for Woody to help the offense keep the ball out of the Colts’ hands on offense. Injuries? What injuries? These are the playoffs.

Injury Report

Ryan’s early injury list had only Pryce not participating in team drills today. Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis,  Bryan Thomas, Sione Pouha, James Ihedigbo and Woody were limited. Antonio Cromartie, Shaun Ellis, Santonio Holmes, Nick Mangold, Matt Slauson, Eric Smith and Rob Turner were all full.

Odds and Ends

Before leaving the regular season entirely, here are a few stray nuggets:

The Jets’ defense came to rest pretty close to where Ryan always expects his D to finish: near the top. The overall yards allowed was third in the NFL, the run defense was third and the pass defense was sixth. The Jets had never been higher in any of those categories this season.

Also, combined with last season’s No. 1 defensive ranking, the Jets finished in the NFL’s top five in back-to-back years for the first time since the 1970 merger. And their three consecutive top-10 finishes in run defense is the first time that’s happened since the merger.

For the second straight year, the D finished No. 1 in three-and-out drives. They had 64 last season, 63 this season.

Brad Smith’s 40-yard run out of the Seminole on third-and-16 in the first quarter was the longest rushing third-down conversion since Freeman McNeil ran 23 yards on third-and-17 at Kansas City in 1987.

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36 Responses to “Woody, Pryce Set to Return to the Trenches”

  1. By frank on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    its funny i just watched woody on the tube say that the way to nuetralize indys edge rush is to quote “lean on them with #23 and GROUND N POUND them to wear them out” end quote. yet my NFL ‘LOGIC’ gets questioned on this blog. were all in this together people….GO JETS BRING IT HOME

  2. By Pranit on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    need a consistent pass rush with rushing just 4….can rarely be 5…..Have to hit Peyton consistently…have to rush him into fast bad throws…

    and ground & pound the ball on their defense..

    go jets !

  3. By GaryC on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    personally I would rather see dixon or gilbert playing instead of Pryce.he will look even slower on the astroturf against the younger players.I would rather see Harris or scott shooting up the middle to get in mannings face.Like I said in earlier post have taylor and pace rush on one side together and have harris and scott up the middle.flush manning to one side of field and you have a chance.

  4. By davetharave on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Good news, almost everybody will be ready and close to 100 %. Dial up the pressure ! Need the corners to cover tight so defense can run more blitzes like last year’s defense. No-huddle Colts means defensive changes have to be made rapidly. No excuses for penalties caused by coaching miscues or failing to move quickly enough to get proper guys in and out. This is the playoffs, no excuses plain and simple. And no clock management issues, PLEASE !! It’s so lame to see obvious time-out calls missed. On offense, I have one wish .. start Shonn Greene at RB and let LT come in on third downs. Keep hitting the running game even if it takes some time. It’ll move. Colt defense is suspect here. No penalties or turnovers !!

  5. By scjoe on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    I think Hunter filled in well for Woody during his down time, I think that playing time will benefit him as well as the team going forward. Randy, what is the 2011 roster status for both players?

  6. By scjoe on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Off subject just a bit. I think Mangini got a really raw deal in Cleveland just as he did with the Jets. I believe the Cleveland Browns will find out sooner rather then latter that old cliche, “you know what you have, you don’t know what you are going to get” I thought he did a good job there, they were always competitive and in every game, except for the final game of the season. It will be interesting going forward to see who they will bring in and whether or not it is an improvement. Even with that said, you have to factor in the players he brought in and how they improved over the past 2 years. Hope there is an opening out there for you Eric.

  7. By scjoe on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    Frank, just touching on your post from last story. Not being a huge Sanchez fan myself I agree with you on some of your points, regardless of what stats Spicer throws out there. All of us can make assumptions on how we win this game, but I will say this, winning and losing at some point, is going to come down to how Sanchez plays, if he completes near 60-65 percent and has no turnovers, and gets us in the EZ rather then FG position, we can win, aside from the QB position I think we match up well with Indy. Rex can not go into this game with that “manage the game” mindset for Sanchez, he will need to do more. You can be sure Peyton will!

  8. By the real t.o. on Jan 4, 2011 | Reply

    what else can be said except that rex has changed the jets into one heck of a team!!! those numbers are darn impressive especially considering we couldnt stop seattle with seneca wallace before rex got here!! regardless what happens in the playoffs, i look forward to every new season unlike i have ever before just waiting to see what we re gonna do next to improve this team and to watch sanchez grow too will be amazing im sure. theres nothing but possibilities now jet fans

  9. By Ablity Mouwon on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    we cant keep the same people in on defense this game..we have about 3 guys that can play nickle corner..let them all play a bit and see whose doing the best job..and ride him..the same thing with the DL and outside line backers..rotate them..all night..keep fresh guys in there REX.. i know most jets fans expect us to stop the run.. for our defense..the play defense is the let down so even a one yard run on first dont is killer…when i say stop the run..i mean we have to play in the colts backfleid saturday night..get them in 3 and 9′s or 10′s…their running game is affective if they get small yardish on first and second. we need a defensive touchdown or a special team TD in this game..our offense needs pressure off them to relax and play

  10. By IRA on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Glad all players will be ready to go vs the Colts. Saw Colts vs Titans from last week last night again. The Colts have played the run better the past month and they are still very quick to the ball. They really held C Johnson in check for the entire game execpt for the last series when they tied the game. And he hurt them on short passes not running the ball. The Jets MUST be able to throw early to loosen up the Colts’ D. If they just try to run it down their throats its not going to work. The pass must set up the run.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  11. By carl on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy, can you send a message to Rex and the gang? Tell them that JETS NATION believes in them!!Whatever coach has to say we back it at the watercooler!!! So with that said Put Manning on his back so we can go to Foxboro to kick there ass on the way to the Superbowl!!! GO JETS!!!!!!!!

  12. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    I like all of these ideas on D from the many different folks posting. But my favorite post is the one by scjoe about how just asking Sanchez to manage the game won’t nearly be enough. That’s the lesson we shoulda learned from last yr’s Indy game, when Manning needed about two minutes to show us what good that nonsense was gonna do us against an O like his. And this is why, Frank, it’s all on Sanchez, Schotty, and Rex in terms of scoring points, no matter how many last-minute wins we squeezed out this yr against lousy teams. You can’t win in this league anymore without a high-scoring O that can throw the ball right up there with the best of ‘em. The next few weeks — or this Saturday only — will tell us how close we are to having that.

  13. By Frank on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys I have said it ad neasum its all about Sanchez he does not have to outplay Manning he just has to make plays and that means getting the team in the endzone. As for Woody if he struggles early I would not hestitate putting in Hunter. Personally I think Hunter played better than Woody especially when you consider he went up against Harrison and Woodley then Peppers and did not allow a sack that is tremendous. The run game actually improved when he was in there. The difference between Rex and Belichick is little Bill will play whoever thinks gives him the best chance to win that is the Pats culture. Rex will play the guys with the best pedigree which seems to be the Jets culture.
    Spicer glad you agree with me on the 4-3.

  14. By IRA on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Talking about changing a few things. I just hope they don’t decide to kick FG’s of 45 yds or longer. First of all they must put up TD’s not FG’s. Second depending on how the game is playing out and the score i would rather punt and hope to pin the Colts inside their own 10 yd line than miss a 45 YD or so FG and give Manning a half of field to work with. They made that mistake last year in Indy and in Foxboro this year. Can’t have that happen again.

  15. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Cribbing from my last few posts, Ira, or just agreeing completely with them? Just kidding, ol’ timer, but you said everything I’ve said all week (actually all yr) about going for TDs, no long FGs against O’s like NE and IND, and how Manning can score in two plays from just about anywhere on the field. So segueing into Frank’s latest post, changing that long-running “go for the FG” aspect of Jets culture remains key. But Frank, as McKnight’s play on Sunday proved, sometimes not freaking out over a guy’s first few plays, games, or even yrs is the wiser course, so let’s give Rex credit for that. This is a site, remember, on which some people decided by game 6 that Holmes was “the problem.” “The problem” is the need for instant gratification.

  16. By Tom Spicer on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Guys this game is not about Mark I am telling you right now I am not going to say I told you so on Sunday & I want you to call me out about this if I am wrong after the game. Mark had 257 yards 2 TD’S & 1 turnover (for all you completion percentage guys) 57% & was 17 for 30 as a rookie. This year he has improved & he has a better WR’S with the addiition of Holmes. We will be able to pass the ball & we will be able to run it. Last year we were running well vs them & Greene got hurt after that we had ZERO running game. At the end of the sesaon Thomas Jones had nothing left. While Greene was running guys over & out running them. Honestly LT is looking like he is getting tired I would start Greene & have LT be the 3rd down pass catching back.

  17. By Tom Spicer on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    This game is all about the D I dont want to get ahead of myself but lets say we beat the Colts NEXT WEEK no doubt about it it is going to be all about Mark last game the Pats put 45 up on us I dont see that happening again I know Rex & the rest of the D is embarassed & will hold them to at least 21 less points putting them at most 24 points. THAT GAME in foxboro can mark get the O to put up points in the 20′s. This week I KNOW! we will be able to run & pass the balll THIS WEEK is all about the D can we hold Manning under 30 points BOTTOM LINE we are not going to beat the Colts in a shootout we have to keep them in the 20′s IF we can do that we will have a great chance to win this game IF we give up 30 or more ITS OVER!

  18. By Gmany3k on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @Tom I can tell you We don’t have the High powered offense you spoke of mark doesn’t possess that kind of Arm . My suggestion on D would be for the safety blitz or corner these guys must be super quick and smart tacklers anything less would be TROUBLEfor us.

  19. By GaryC on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    they are having trouble selling tickets here in Indy, it tells you how spoiled these fans are and the sense the jets will kick butt.Indy will never be a top tier football town. when is indy 500

  20. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Spicer, your posts interest me because they raise the possibility that instead of bemoaning the loss of Woodhead and making fun of McKnight all yr, we shoulda played McKnight a few more times to get him readier for the post-season ’cause you’re right, LT looks about as done now as TJ looked at the end of last yr. Gmany, if you’re right about us not having that kind of “high-powered offense,” we’re going nowhere in the post-season this yr. If you’re right about Sanchez not having “that kind of arm,” we’re going nowhere with him in the coming yrs. The days of weak-armed “game managers” cleverly leading their teams to Super Bowl victories are LONG gone. (Brady and Manning didn’t put up a lot of points in their SB but neither have weak arms!)

  21. By Troy(nyjetsholdSBtrophyin2010 on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Frank I agree 100% about Hunter and Woody , Hunter after his pretty bad showing against Wake and the Fins,has been tremendous V Pitt and Chicago and handled Kelsey down to nothing last week, Woody was getting beat quite a bit even before the injury,I would stay with the Hot player considering he’s going up against Mathis ,if he struggles then replace with woody. And IRA, anything short of 53-54 yards out for FG REx will kick it especially being inside, I understand the risk,but I think it will be down to how good the D is playing,if struggling it will not matter if the take ball at 20 or 45,Rex will take FG att unless late with 7+point lead…Folk scares me too I’.hate to lose cause he misses kicks!!!!

  22. By Christopher on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    To beat Indy you are going to need 2 game plans, one for the first half, and a seperate plan for the second, because you can confuse Manning for a half, then he looks at the pictures on the sideline, watches some film at halftime, then comes out and carves you up. You need a seperate game plan for the second half to counter the adjustments Manning will make based on what we do to him in the first half. In game and halftime adjustments, that will be the key to this game.

    On O, we cannot get away from running the ball, the plan should be run on 1st and 2nd down, throw on 3rd, 90% of the time. Sure it is predictable, but their run D is not that good, eventually it will breakdown, and it also creates opprotunity for some play action passes.

  23. By Christopher on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    oh yeah, please leave the trick plays in the bag, no fake punts, fake field goals, onside kicks, block kick attempots that lead to roughing the kicker. In the right situation these plays may work, but we seem to screw these plays upmore than they work.

    If there is a trick play to run, let’s run the flea flicker, or have Brad Smith throw out of the wildcat.

    What I would really like to see is some screen plays, we cannot seem to execute them so defenses just come full force at us on passing downs.

  24. By Christopher on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    I still look back at the stupid block kick attempt against Baltimore in Game 1, if that play doesn’t happen, the Jets probably win, and we are the 5th seed, playing KC this week. If we lose to Indy you can look back at that play as the one that set this whole senario in motion. Who knows, if KC surprises and beats Baltimore, and we beat the Colts, then we can look back and say maybe it is destiny.

  25. By IRA on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    -Tom, Sorry just didn’t see your thoughts. Chris, Mizzou hit a pass to J-Co for 45 yds last year in Indy. I think they wll be ready for him to throw. But hey you never know. And their run D is better than you think. They just stopped Jones Drew, McFadden, and Johnson. I think the Jets will be able to run IF they establish the pass first.

  26. By Troy(nyjetsholdSBtrophyin2010 on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    And Spicer I disagree a little with the Tomlinson Greene suggestion ,I think with us finally having a game indoors on a fast track and the fact LTD hasnt been used much and not at all last week he should be fresh,I think he plays alot and plays well not saying he should get bulk of carries I do love what Greene brings to the table and he will need to be at his best,but I think LTD will show tremendous speed and quickness on the turf,now if we win and go up to NE,in the elements then it gotta be alot of greene,

  27. By Christopher on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    In a way maybe it is a blessing we are playing the Colts, the guys will know they need their A game, they will have revenge as a motivator. More times than not it is our own doing for losing games. We make too many mistakes, too many penalties, and drop crucial passes. Maybe if we were playing KC the team wouldn’t respond the same way as having the opprotunity for revenge against the Colts.

  28. By Tom Spicer on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    On D I think we will have a better matchup in the passing game this year. Cromartie has trouble with smaller quicker guys. Garcon is a big dude I think Cormartie will do well vs him & as IRA pointed out Cromartie has done well vs Peyton .We all know Revis is going to cover Reggie Wayne.& I think we will also fair better vs there 3rd WR & there TE. Blair White & Jacob Tamme have done well but Whire is no Austin Collie & Tamme is no Dallas Clark. So that will help us as well Drew Coleman will be covering White & I think Rex should put Lowery on Tamme since Lowery used to be a corner his cover skills are better than Pools.

  29. By 10and6jets on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with this point by Christopher. Do not take unnecessary risks ie; long field goals, going for it on 4th, etc. We need to go for points any time we can, including fg’s over td’s AND play field position. When playing with a lead in the second half we MUST continue to produce on offense and play aggressive on defense because playing conservative at the end of games to protect a lead is what has caused us to be in so many tight games down the stretch. A super bowl team can NEVER just slow it down and hope to run out the clock because the opponents are too good and too hungry to win also.

  30. By Tom Spicer on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Gmany3K, I never said we had a explosive O I said I am confident we will be able to run & throw the ball. i do not think they are just going to completly stop us. I am confident we will score in the 20′s. I am more worried about Peyton putting 30 plus points up on us than I am of our O getting shut down by them. Llast year Peyton had 377 yards & 3 TD’S if the COlts score over 30 & peyton has almost 400 yards I dont think we are going to win. This game is all about trying to contain Peyton you are not going to stop him but we cant let him light us up & that is the key.

  31. By GaryC on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    don’t agree with the idea of lowery on tamme, he is too physical for lowery. if he is ready it should be eric smith.more physical and smith would not have to deal with too much speed which gives him problems.

  32. By Howie D on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


    You’ve provided the Defensive Stats for the last two years – top 5 both years. Please provide the same info for our Offense.


  33. By Randy Lange on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Howie D, the Jets offense finished 11th in total yards, fourth in rushing yards, 22nd in passing yards and 13th in points scored.

  34. By paul on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Jets need to do it all to win it all. Simply put. 4 quarters of football at 100% on both sides of the football. I haven’t seen this team deliver that all season, one week the offense stays home or is ineffective, the next week its been our defense. It’s playoff time, win or go home. Here’s hoping the team can get on the same page for a playoff run, times running out to get it done.

  35. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Randy, thanks for all the year-end stats and thanks too for the new image of the field that’s now seen as the backdrop to the stories. It’s more interesting to look at than nothing, has the optical effect of making the page look wider and less cramped, and…and…oh yeah, actually has some green in it!

  36. By mark fan since 1965 on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    For the Jets to win:
    1. Run the ball between the tackles
    2. Mix between blitz and blitz linebackers as Jets did against the Bills
    3. No miscues or communication problems with safties.
    4. Put either Turner or #62 in the backfielsd as a fullback and make big holes for the running game.

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