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Plax on His Back: ‘I’ll Be Ready to Go Sunday’

Posted by Randy Lange on November 10, 2011 – 4:29 pm

Injuries are a bullet point on the Jets agenda today, only because of the three players who didn’t practice again. One is the Jets’ hottest wide receiver, another is the NFL’s leading kickoff returner and the third is a key man in the defense’s safety rotation. And the Patriots loom over the horizon.

Plaxico Burress, whose lower back acted up a week ago Wednesday, spent his second day this week not participating in team drills or any drills, instead getting treatment. Considering he’s coming off his three-TD game vs. San Diego and his five catches on all five balls targeted for him for 79 yards at Buffalo, and his sometimes achy body, this could be a concern.

Except that Rex and Plax say it’s not.

“It feels good,” Burress said in front of his locker. “I’m making progress. … I missed yesterday and today. I’ll be out there tomorrow and be ready to go Sunday.”

“I just feel confident he’ll be ready to roll,” said head coach Rex Ryan at his daily news conference.

Joe McKnight, he of the league-leading 40.2-yard kickoff-return average, has a toe has been an issue this week, but he was on the field today, just not participating in team drills.

“McKnight is more of a wait-and-see,” Ryan said.

Pool is the player Rex is most concerned about. The safety went to the Ralph Wilson turf on the second play of Sunday’s game with a knee injury after he was cut by a Bills receiver. He played most of the rest of the way but the knee isn’t in tip-top shape yet. It’s not welcome news when the Jets’ tallest safety might not be available for the Patriots’ tall, talented tights, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.

“I’m a little concerned with Brodney. I’m not sure right now if he’ll go,” Ryan said, adding that Pool has “done a tremendous job for us. I love having those three guys. It’s like having three starter with Brodney Eric [Smith] and Jimmy [Leonhard] playing together now for a second year. They really do a great job communicating with each other. They’re all excellent players.”

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Pool said. “I feel better now than I did Sunday. But it’s just the type of injury that you want to be 100 percent sure about so you can go out there and perform.”

If Pool has to sit, Emanuel Cook will see time on the defense with Smith and Leonhard. If McKnight can’t return kicks, Ryan and Mike Westhoff will return to Antonio Cromartie, their kickoff man for Games 1, 2 and most of 3. If Burress … but he and the coach said there are no buts about it.

Other Injury Updates

DT Marcus Dixon and LB Josh Mauga were both limited again today but Ryan expects both to play. There are now 16 players in all listed on the Jets’ I-report with the addition of three finger injuries today, to Cromartie, Wayne Hunter and Sione Pouha. All three practiced fully.

The Patriots’ report today is identical to Wednesday’s: Four not practicing, including LB Brandon Spikes and S Patrick Chung; nine limited, including WR Wes Welker, RBs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk, and LB Jerod Mayo.

Rex Cetera

Ryan on OC Brian Schottenheimer and the Jets’ red zone offense: “Schotty I think is doing a great job. The extended offseason probably helped us, gave us time and we really studied hard and looked at the teams that were at their best. We had several coaches come in — Tom Moore we’ve talked about — but Schotty’s done a super job preparing our team in the red zone.”

One more measure of that success: In the last four games the Jets have scored nine touchdowns on 13 RZ trips, a 69.2 percent success rate. The last time the Jets had a better four-game stretch inside the opponents’ 20 was 2004, a 6-for-8, 75 percent performance that also ran from Games 5-8 and also ended with a game at Buffalo.

Nick Folk nailed a 58-yard field goal with room to spare to end today’s practice. Folk said he hit his first miss of the season, from 50 yards toward Buffalo’s West end zone, aiming at the same spot that he did when he had driven through his 49-yarder just two minutes of clock time earlier. But the breezes had turned into more of a crosswind in just that small amount of time and Folk’s kick just sailed wide right. But Folk is still 10-for-10 from under 50 and will seek to extend that if called on at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night.

Moore, the longtime OC for Indianapolis and Peyton Manning before becoming a Jets consultant this year, will be recognized by the Colts for his contributions prior to their game Sunday against the Jaguars. … Marty Lyons, Sack Exchange member and radio analyst of the Jets, will be honored by the Heisman Trophy Trust as the recipient of the 2011 Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award, to be presented Dec. 12 during the Heisman Trophy awards dinner, comes with a $50,000 charitable donation to the Marty Lyons Foundation.

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26 Responses to “Plax on His Back: ‘I’ll Be Ready to Go Sunday’”

  1. By joeyjets12fla on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    betcha all 3 play sunday night……….

  2. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    I have read some post still giving MS crap on his play this year. Bottom line is he is improving every year give the guy sone credit and a break. He had one year of collage ball and 2 and half in the NFL. I say he is doing fine look at the QB that sat behind other QB’s before they got their chance. Some waited five years to even start a game. I think in five years he will be a great QB. It’s sad that I read some Pats post on their site and a PATS fan said this about Sanchez and the Jets………

  3. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    Playoff game, Jets control their destiny something that they have not been able to do yet win the division and everything else falls in place. none of that, if this team beats this team or that team or this team beats that team ENOUGH!! This why Rex is here this is what all the playoff games and roster moves and big contracts was for win this game and take over first place and don’t look back.If the Jets play D like they did last week and the Offense plays like the second half theres no team the Jets can’t hold their own against including GB or SF. Go Jets for the first time the Pats fans are worried if you dont think so go to their official site and read the post by Pat fans it like reading a Jets blog LOL GO JETS!!

  4. By davetharave on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed, their fans know this is more than just their team going up against a hot Jets team, the tide is swinging to the Jets and the patriots had their day, they won their Super Bowls but they are not the same as they were 5-10 years ago, they are on the wane while the Jets are on the ascent. The pats desperate attempts to shore up their lineup with haynesworth and 8-5 show that they realize it too.

  5. By 38 year fan on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    The pads are going to be CRACKIN’ on Sunday ….80, 000 fans goin’ nuts …..

  6. By 38 year fan on Nov 10, 2011 | Reply

    We are going to pound them on Sunday ,…They are going to be running for their lives

  7. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    The problem, paul pgfig, is some folks on this site have been saying “Offense plays like the second half there’s no team the Jets can’t hold their own against” for almost 2 yrs during which the O HASN’T played like the 2nd half in the 1st half. I’m not giving Sanchez all that many more breaks when the NYC press and more than a few fans are constantly giving those to him. Like Frank says, he needs to start cutting out the mistakes this yr, not after 5 yrs. And by the way, you won’t find too many QBs drafted #5 who “waited 5 yrs to even start a game.” Look at Ryan, Flacco, MS, Freeman, Stafford, Bradford, and Newton, all started immediately which is pretty much the new model unless you’ve already got a Brady or a P Manning starting already.

  8. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sanchez is more than competent downfield passer. If you are suggesting we make our small midget DBs guard Plaxico Burress 20 yard downfield, I would have to tell you that you are asking for suicide. If at all, he was very prolific downfield passer while he was at USC, and he has been very prolific throwing downfield when he had tall threat – i.e. Braylon burned us once deep during the playoff game, if you forgot already. Or that Braylon doomed Indy the prior game, with a midget hopelessly overmatched along the sideline. (And Texans got completely barbequed and gave up go-ahead TD to Holmes because they couldn’t guard Braylon along the sideline for 40+ yarder.)

    Better way to deal with would be to force them to go to Sanchez early and often – Sanchez is most dangerous when he has powerful running game to bail him out. Once the running game gets going, and his play action fake starts rolling, then pray it doesn’t end up with 7.

  9. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    His problem is with QB vision – that is understandable, and not a knock on Sanchez. He severely lacks experience. (Remember, he played but ONE season in USC, so in terms of the player progression, he’s on par with a senior college QB at best.) So that’s where the problem with the vision comes from. He does not see the defenders in the vicinity at times. It will go away in 3-4 years, and if Jets stay strong till then (I would suspect that is the case, since that team is built on strong OL and powerful defense, unlike our Patriots.) Sanchez would be wrecking havoc on AFC East for some time.

  10. By GaryC on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    look at Broadway’s Joes stats, if he didn’t win a super bowl he would have been ridiculed by throwing more interceptions then tds and being oft injured,It just takes one year to bring home the trophy and all is forgiven.

  11. By IRA on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    Randy, Folk has been a pleasent surprise to me this year. As you well know he nailed a 58 yd FG in warmups @ Buff last week too. I was wrong about Folk he is having a great year. I thought Novak really pushed him they did keep the right guy.
    Thought Plax was a go this week. Hope Cook a hard hitter can step up IF Pool can’t go. I still wouldn’t rule him out until they make it official. He is a tough dude.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  12. By Tom Spicer on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    Last point about Mark & I would like to drop the subject for at least a few days. Marks ratings Cowboys 88.7, Jags 85.8, Raiders 93.8, Pats 105.6, Miami 95.6, Chargers 87.1 & Bills 92.9. If you take out the Raven game & add all of them together. 88.7 + 85.8 + 93.8 + 105.6 + 95.6 + 87.1 + 92.9 = 649.5 divided that bye 7 for 7 games played. That equals 92.78 rating thru 7 games. That would be the 8th ranked QB in the ENTIRE NFL if you take out the Raven game. The point is this besides that 1 game which is dragging down his numbers he has played well. Even if you include the Raven game he is 1.8 percentage points away from being the 13th ranked QB in the NFL out of 32 teams. The kid is good not great but good & he is getting better ever year.

  13. By Ray on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    Paul you can say that ANY qb is much better if his team has a powerful running game to bail him out. That is what is hurting NE this year, now that teams figured out they can’t run (except on the Jets apparently), they started making them one dimensional. Sanchez problem isn’t his vision, it is his accuracy and decision making that are making people mad with him. For me personally, I get steamed when he throws a stupid pick in the end zone. Those are playground throws that he should NEVER make. They kill drives, they kill momentum and one contributed to a loss (Oakland) and another almost did (SD). It doesn’t matter to me what his stats are at the end of the game, if he makes only one or two mistakes and they both cost us points….

  14. By Ray on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    ….for or against, then the stats will mean nothing if those mistakes contribute to a loss. And the real bottom line is this. Mark is the quarterback, and in NY no less. He has the ball in his hands on every play. Which means he will get most of the credit when things are going good, and he will get most of the blame when they aren’t. That is the nature of the position, so he has to deal with it. If he wants all the glory, he has to be ready to take all the blame.

  15. By wayne on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    Plax is playing Sunday. It was the same way when he was with Giants, but he always clocked in at game time………

  16. By GaryC on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, It might help sanchez a little bit if Plastico can practice during the week which he often isn’t. considering their was no training camp maybe working with him might improve his accuracy which you are always on him for.then again maybe it is one and done for Plastico and the jets can get a legit big wideout with size in next years draft.

  17. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    WHOA, paul pgf, what Sanchez did YOU watch at USC? The one I saw couldn’t throw accurately past 20 yds and arm strength was the big knock on him. As for your view that his vision is the problem and it “will go away in 3-4 yrs,” we’re talking about a $50 mil investment, not diagnosing an illness. ONE more yr of these careless end zone throws, as Ray describes, would be too much. And so Ira, if Novak pushed Folk successfully, why might not McElroy push MS next yr? But I’ll join Spicer and drop the MS talk — until Sunday night. GaryC, you know better than to overly criticize Joe’s INTS, the game was totally different then, all AFL QBs threw a lot of INTS and then they went and crushed the NFL in SB 3 & 4, paving the way for modern football.

  18. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    And by the way, paul, I seem to take a bit of heat on this site for being able to walk, chew gum, and root for the Jets at the same time. But if you think players like Revis, Holmes, maybe even Mangold are gonna wait 3 OR 4 YEARS for Mark to learn how to see the field better, you must believe the economy is rebounding, too! That is, you must believe in fairy tales, magical thinking, or whatever you wanna call it. And if you think REX is gonna wait HALF that long, you’re REALLY dreaming! Underneath all of Rex’s nice-guy rhetoric is an extremely ambitious man, and I’ll bet he’s wondering already why he didn’t get a shot at somebody like Newton. You’re also forgetting that Rex is so patient with the process that he predicts SB glory every yr.

  19. By scjoe on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    spicer, problem is you can’t just selectively take out the Ravens game. If you were to do that I would ask you to take out the Pats game (105.6) instead then redo the math. The number would be much different then. Bottom line remains the same, stats can be, and often are misleading, especially when they are manipulated.

  20. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, Plax looks like a BARELY one and done to me, like several of us said when we got him it seems like he’s going to be iffy all yr. Might have to move the draft order up to something like S, WR, OL, LB, repeat as necessary.

  21. By GaryC on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    jet fan tom, if you think plastico is going for another one year deal your crazy and the jets would be foolish to give him a two year and above, so I am still looking for that calvin or andre johnson receiver in the draft.and check lamonicas stats compared to joe’s stats and then you wonder why lamonica isnt in Hall of Fame.

  22. By Danny on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    MS NFL record including playoffs speaks for itself. The kid wins

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’m looking for that WR in the draft too, GaryC, because I don’t see us offering Plax more than another 1-yr deal if that. And sure Lamonica’s stats are great, but he didn’t have quite the impact on the game, his team, and football in general that Joe did.

  24. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 12, 2011 | Reply

    @Jet Fan Since I have to agree being a Jets fan is torture I see your point and I think MS and Rex are content with getting one game away from the SB two years in a row, But as for the Fans and the rest of the players to hell with that,every Jets fan believed the Jets should have beaten Pit and at least made a SB appearance even though a loss was expected. As far as predictions goes the Jets did come close but was it MS fault in the Indy and Pit games I don’t think so it was a team failure on both D fense and coaching. The sucsess as of lately I have a good felling has a lot to do with Rex and Tom more getting back to what worked before and not putting to much pressure on MS look at the Pats right now all the pressure is on Tom with out…..

  25. By paul pgfig01 on Nov 12, 2011 | Reply

    Tom the Pats would be irrelevant the Jets system of D first allows room for the placement of a decent QB at the helm not and outstanding one. This is Jets football no one man is the team unlike Colts built around a QB. I think is MS doesn’t make costly mistakes at crucial times he can become a very good QB maybe not fret but thats all the Jets system needs and Fans as well. I hope the Jets show the league that this not just a pass happy sport with lots of scoring but a smash mouth chest match all out trench war this type of football is Jets football and there is a fan base for this dispute the NFL beliefs. Al I want is this victory so for the first time since I can remember the Jets can be in first and control their fate. Go JETS!!!

  26. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Nov 12, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with everything you say, paul pgf…but I wouldn’t take any bets on how relevant the Jets would be with Brunell starting, either.

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