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Mangold Limited at Practice, Questionable for BAL

Posted by Randy Lange on September 30, 2011 – 2:11 pm

Updated, 2:45 p.m. ET

Nick Mangold’s ankle leads the Jets newswire this afternoon. “He was limited today — he actually took some reps,” head coach Rex Ryan reported at the top of his news conference.

Considering Mangold sat out Sunday’s Raiders game and didn’t practice the first two days this week, that’s good news. The not-as-good headline is that he’s listed as questionable for Baltimore on Sunday night.

“He really is questionable,” said Ryan. “He’s not one of those you-really-know-what’s-going-to-happens. He really is a gametime decision.”

What’s spurring Mangold back from his high ankle sprain suffered against the Jaguars is his own prideful and resilient nature, plus the nature of his possible dance partner, Ravens nose Haloti Ngata.

“Nick wants to compete against the best and Haloti is the best,” Ryan said. “He’s trying to do what he can to get ready, and he has been doing that. … I think your great competitors want to go against the best. Nick, I think, still wants that opportunity.”

If Mangold is ruled out as late as 90 minutes before the 8:30-ish start to the game, Colin Baxter will make his second pro start, and if the ball’s in his court, he, too, will welcome his next playing time Sunday.

“Haloti’s one of the best defensive tackles in the league,” Baxter said. “It’s going to be a great challenge for me to get to see where I’m at.”

All the other injured Jets are probable for this game, including WR Plaxico Burress (hamstring), who, as he predicted, returned to full practice today, and rookie DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder), the only Jet besides Mangold limited for the end-of-week workout.

Rest of the Injury Lists

All the other injured Jets are probable for this game, including WR Plaxico Burress (hamstring), who, as he predicted, returned to full practice today, and rookie DE Muhammad Wilkerson (shoulder), the only Jet besides Mangold limited for the end-of-week workout.

The Ravens are listing four players as out for the Jets — WRs Lee Evans and David Reed, S Haruki Nakamura and CB Jimmy Smith. Backup LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh) is doubtful. Starting G Ben Grubbs (toe) is questionable, as is Chris Carr, a new addition today with a thigh injury that kept him out of team drills. Two starters, C Matt Birk (knee) and DE Cory Redding (toe), are probable.

Offense Still Working It

By no means was Ryan wasn’t offering it as a prediction of what will happen Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, but he said that while his defense and special teams had fine practices today, the offense did not.

“The first three periods, it started off where we made some mental mistakes and it never looked really good,” the coach said. “Now we closed the practice and looked really good.”

Rex also liked the interaction between Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes.

“Mark missed a pass to Santonio, so we repeated it and he hits it,” Ryan said. “After I practice I see him working on it, 30 throws, trying to make sure they’re on the same page. That was encouraging.”

It’s especially encouraging because a Tone on the same page with his QB has made for bad music for the Ravens recently. In his last seven games with the Steelers vs. the Birds (including one playoff game), Holmes has caught eight TD passes and at least one in each game. He’s averaged 4.9 catches in those games for 19.3 yards a catch and 74.2 yards a game.

“Tone’s a playmaker, whether he’s turning a short pass into a long gain or running over the top of you,” Ryan said. “There’s a reason he was our No. 1 priority this offseason. He’s a talented guy.”

Rapid Changes for Baker

Josh Baker’s already gotten a career-full of Jets transactions to his name in a little over two months. The TE from Northwest Missouri State was signed as an undrafted free agent on July 27, waived on Sept. 3, signed to the practice squad the next day, released from the P-squad the day after that, and re-signed to the practice squad on Sept. 14.

Then on Tuesday, in the wake of Jeff Cumberland’s season-ending Achilles injury, was signed to the active roster.

Some other rookie might be starry-eyed about the prospects of suiting up and making his pro debut — in Sunday primetime, no less. But Baker’s got a veteran’s handle on his situation.

“To be honest, unless you’re a franchise player, no job is secure. Every job is week by week. Next week I might not be here,” he said this week. “You can only control the controllables.”

Baker could be active for the Ravens or he could be one of the Jets’ seven inactives, depending on what the Jets need at other positions and on special teams. He should make the trip to Crabcake City, but it’s not a guarantee.

None of that mattered this week as he and newly signed practice squad TE Martell Webb gave their best scout team impressions of Ravens TEs Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta for the first defense at practice.

Needless to say, Baker would love to suit up, for his own reasons as well as to be able to renew acquaintances with a certain Ravens QB he knew quite well in college. Before transferring to Northwest, Baker played on the same Delaware offense for a while with Joe Flacco.

“I still have his cell number and I did leave a message for him this week. I’m sure he’s three times busier than I am this week,” Baker said.

I asked him if he engaged in a smack with his old Blue Hens teammate. No way, he said, again with a vet’s savvy.

“You can’t trash-talk him on voicemail because then he’ll replay it for everybody down there,” he said. “You’ve got to do that 1-on-1.”

Josh hopes to get that chance this weekend.

Weekend Appearances for Two Jets Alums

Two Jets defensive line alumni will be on hand at Dick’s Sporting Goods three-day grand opening weekend in Yonkers, N.Y. Joe Klecko will be on the Ridge Hill site, 45 Fitzgerald St., in Yonkers on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. And Kris Jenkins will make an appearance Sunday from noon-2 p.m.

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14 Responses to “Mangold Limited at Practice, Questionable for BAL”

  1. By lou on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    We need Mangold really bad in this game or it could be a very long night for the offense.

  2. By Karan on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Aw man, I miss Jeff Cumberland, hate all these ACL injuries or any injuries for that matter. Oh well, good luck to Josh Baker.

  3. By davetharave on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Mark’s gotta have options for getting rid of the ball in a hurry when the Ravens bring pressure and nobody’s open. He’s gotta have an available option in under 2 seconds, never mind the normal 3-4 seconds they usually allow for; even if it’s just unloading it in the direction of the closest RB, he has gotta get rid of it and avoid the sack.

  4. By no one listens to Blinka on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Still bitter:

    hope it ends before this Sunday night or else I’ll be bitter until next Sunday.

  5. By MiIKE on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Enough ground and pound. LT isn’t the rushing threat he once was but as a receiving threat RB, he still is top five. I say spread out the offence and use LT and Keller in the short passing game. Try mixing in the run out of the shot gun. The running game is a thing of the past especially now with the lack of contact in practice.

  6. By IRA on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Can’t count Mangold out just yet. I wouldn’t be shocked if he gives it a go. Once again the Jets MUST spread the Ravens out and have Sanchez throw quick short passes to everybody.

  7. By Tom Spicer on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    Schotty, Has to improve his play calling he needs to throw slants to Holmes. Throw jump balls to Plax. Play to the strengths of his guys. When they go into a 3 WR set put Holmes in the slot like the Pats do with Welker & move Mason outside. Get Holmes matched up with a saftey, 3rd corner or linebacker.

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    We have to win Sunday so Blinka’s not bitter! No one buys his jersey as it is! davetharave, Sanchez needs more protection so he can start throwing more and better vertically. He looks like a scared rabbit both at the line and I can’t remember so many pointless 1-3 yd passes so soon after the snap in many yrs of watching Jet football. Actually, those passes are a big interception risk with the likelihood of a long return if a burly but quickly DL or LB gets his hands on them, but we don’t seem to have learned that yet. Or rather Rex and Schotty don’t seem to have learned it yet.

  9. By wayne on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    The way I read this game, if it’s close, because of Sanchez’s experience from their last clash and because Jets have more playermakers, Jets win…..The Ravens don’t have the speed on offense to stretch Jets D as did Oakland(the old man’s team did some butt whooping last weekend), so game should be close and if it stays that way Jets are in it and playmakers will get their chance……Where’s that running game? If Sanchez has to throw all game, 2 of em could come back at him. …..Bid adieu to Mr. Seymour, hello Ed Reed.

  10. By Pranit on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    This game can get ugly for us real fast. I hope we don’t get blown out. Only chance is to stay close and hope they make a mistake at the end and we come away with a fluky win. Otherwise, god bless the Jets in Baltimore.

  11. By lou on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    If they win it won’t be a fluke. Geez, you make it sound like their Jacksonville or Seattle. Comm’on man.

  12. By Karan on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    If we lose, either the defense plays bad or schottenheimer calls a bad game as usual, you can bank on that. I hope neither happens, lets go jets.

  13. By Mark on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m from Baltimore and I am reading a few of these comments. It should be a good game, the only thing I disagree with is the comment about how we do not have speed. We have speed in our secondary. Lee Evans is out, and Torrey Smith was brought in PRECISELY for his speed. He has one route… the ‘diva’ go route/ aka the randy moss special. Whether or not he is a target, he stretches the field to open up short completeions. If he does get by cromartie, joe has the arm to sling it to him. Dont’ forget ray rice… his quick is quicker than most peoples, and once in open field, good luck tackling him. Ravens should get enough pass rush to force mistakes that will lead to turnovers… Good luck sunday NYJ…

  14. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    A big game for both teams, Mark, may the best team win.

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