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Jets-Titans: Pregame Tweets

Posted by Randy Lange on December 17, 2012 – 7:42 pm

Here are today’s pregame tweets for the Jets-Titans game at LP Field in Nashville, in case you missed them on Twitter. Follow Bob Wischusen, Eric Allen and me for our tweets during each Jets game on https://twitter.com/nyjets.

#RL Weather at kickoff for Jets-Titans is expected to be partly cloudy, possible showers, temps around 50, southerly winds.

#RL Jets 17-22-1 all-time vs Titans/Oilers but have won 5 of the last 6 since the team moved from HOU to TEN, and 3 of last 4 at LP Field.

#RL In first 23 games of rivalry, Jets were 8-14-1 with minus-22 turnover margin. In last 17 games Jets are 9-8 with +13 TO margin.

#RL Mark Sanchez is 1-0 vs Titans. In ’09 Game 3, Sanchez completed 17 of 30 (56.7%) for 171 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 81.4 rating in 24-17 win.

#RL Jets RB Shonn Greene in last 8 games: 154 atts, 666 yards, 4.3 avg., 5 TDs. He needs 117 yds to reach 1,000 for 2nd straight yr.

#RL Jets DE Mo Wilkerson in last 8 games: 4 sacks, 3 forced FUMs, 1 FUM-return TD (@ SEA), 2 PDs, 1 intl grounding forced

#RL TEN QB Jake Locker playing Jets for first time. Locker in 8 starts this yr is 2-6 with 10 TD drives, 9 TD passes, 9 INTs, 4 lost FUMs.

#RL TEN RB Chris Johnson has 1,037 rush yds, 4.7 avg. this season. Johnson in 2 games vs Jets: 32 atts, 143 yds, 4.5 avg, 0 TDs, 0-2 record.

#RL Titans are minus-12 in TO margin in 6 homes games, tied for lowest home margin/game in NFL with Chiefs at minus-2.0.

#RL Jets K Nick Folk playing TEN for 1st time in career. He’s 16-for-21 FGs this yr, 5-for-last-10, 5-for-6 in 4th qtr/OT, 3-for-4 from 50+.

#RL Jets wearing white jerseys, green pants for 2nd straight game. Jets in white/green u/Rex Ryan: 3-4 since ’09, 1-0 this season.

#RL Today’s referee is Walt Coleman. It’s Walt’s 18th Jets game as ref since 1995. Jets have lost last 8 games Coleman has refereed.

#RL NYJ inactives: QB Greg McElroy CB Aaron Berry LB Bryan Thomas DL Damon Harrison G Caleb Schlauderaff TE Dustin Keller WR Stephen Hill

#RL TEN inactives: QB Rusty Smith WR Damian Williams LB Colin McCarthy LB Xavier Adibi G Mitch Petrus T Daniel Baldridge DE Scott Solomon

#RL TEN K Rob Bironas career vs Jets: 4-4 on FGs, 4-4 on PATs.

 #RL TEN is only NFL team that has scored no 1st-qtr offensive TDs at home. Titans’ only 1st-qtr TD at LP Field came on PR in Game 3.


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Revis Talks About Role in ESPN’s New MNF Spot

Posted by Randy Lange on August 12, 2012 – 2:39 pm

Updated, 3:51 p.m. ET

Are you ready for some football? Darrelle Revis always is, and he’ll help get Jets Nation ready as well when ESPN airs its new Monday Night Football spot that features No. 24 along with several other players and one owner during the day Monday.

“I’m just going to take it in stride,” Revis told me after today’s midday training camp practice at SUNY Cortland. “They want to feature several guys and I was there with a bunch of guys a few months ago. We just chopped it up and had a great time.”

The other players involved in this spot are Texans RB Arian Foster, Eagles RB LeSean McCoy and Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski. The owner is noted Cowboys wallflower Jerry Jones.

As you can tell from the image in our centerpiece (courtesy of ESPN Images), there will be a Revis Island-y kind of theme for Darrelle’s latest national exposure, which will first be viewable on ESPN Front Row and then later tomorrow on the network.

“We have had great participation from Jerry Jones and a number of NFL players this summer and we appreciate the time they gave us during their offseason,” said ESPN Marketing senior director Seth Ader. “Their involvement really speaks to our new tagline that ‘It All Comes Down to Monday Night’.”

Revis had one very big Monday night in 2011, his Game 6 home showing vs. Miami when he defensed four passes, two of them interceptions and one of them his much-discussed and celebrated 100-yard return vs. Matt Moore and Brandon Marshall. That was by far the biggest performance of the six Monday appearances in his career, but despite that and this year’s MNF spot, Revis isn’t treating Monday night’s any differently than he always has.

“It’s just another game on the schedule that you prepare for,” he said. “It is more hyped up. That and Sunday night football, they’re probably the most hyped games to play because you’re center stage so that pressure does come with it. Monday night, I don’t try to focus in on the hype. I just try to look forward to it as another game, just execute and do my job.”

Revis Rings Up Bell and Coples

Revis passed around praise for some defensive mates in the wake of the loss in Cincinnati on Friday night. On safety Yeremiah Bell’s Jets debut, he said, “I think it went great for him. Yeremiah called the plays when he was in Miami, so he’s comfortable with that, he’s used to that. So even though Eric [Smith] went down, we know Yeremiah can step in and call the plays.”

And on DE Quinton Coples’ impressive debut in green and white: “Well, he’s the No. 1 pick. We drafted him there for a reason. He showed why he’s a No. 1 pick. He made a lot of plays out there, he had a great game. There’s still a learning curve, he has a long way to go, but I think he’s going to do great wonders for us this year.”

And on the game in general: “There were a couple of mistakes out there, but overall I think the coaches were satisfied with the effort by the defense and the offense as well. There’s a couple of things we need to clean up but I think we’re going on the right path.”

We’ll have Darrelle’s remarks about their upcoming home preseason opener against the Giants at MetLife, along with comments from a bunch more Jets, later this week.

Rex Cetera

Ryan touted the play of RT Austin Howard, filling in for Wayne Hunter at Cincinnati: “Anyone that can play the way he played is trying to tell you something and you have to find a way to get him out there. … He is driving and finishing. That’s what we’ve been talking about and I’m really encouraged by him.”

Ryan on his injuries: Hunter (back) returned to practice. WRs Santonio Holmes (rib) and Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) remain out. Of Kerley, the coach said, “Hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be able to see him out there on the practice field.” S Eric Smith (shoulder/knee) didn’t go and is listed as day-to-day.

Practice Notes

CB Kyle Wilson had an active practice this morning, getting one interception on a Tim Tebow tipped pass and another on a good break over the middle on a Mark Sanchez ball in 7-on-7 drills. … Two pretty receptions: Raymond Webber with another grab of a bobbled downfield ball, and Wes Kemp bringing in Greg McElroy’s long ball down the middle with a great leap and fingertip grab. … Sanchez and Tebow each found TE Dustin Keller for TDs. … Jets announced this morning they have waived P Travis Baltz. … Today’s SUNY Cortland practice attendance: 4,257.


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Vrabel Retirement Spurs ’05 Holiday Memories

Posted by Randy Lange on July 12, 2011 – 4:09 pm

The one-line transaction this morning read:

LB Mike Vrabel announced his retirement to become linebackers coach at Ohio State.

And Jets fans might be tempted to say “good riddance.”

All in jest, of course. But green-clad fanatics were none too jovial about the present they received on the 13th day of Christmas in 2005, when Vrabel, then a versatile starting linebacker for the Patriots, turned into an offensive red zone monster against the Jets in that Dec. 26 Monday night affair.

Lining up at tight end, Vrabel caught a pair of touchdown passes from Tom Brady. His first, 9:33 into the game, put New England ahead, 7-0. His second gave the Pats a 14-7 lead they never lost in their 31-21 win over the Jets.

Not surprisingly, no other primarily defensive player has ever scored two offensive touchdowns in his entire career against the Jets. And Vrabel turned in his two in a span of 14:22 in the first half, a nice set of bookends to go with his team-high six tackles and one sack of Jets starter Brooks Bollinger that night.

The game was oddly historic in Jets and NFL history for a few other reasons. As many will remember, it was the last Monday Night Football telecast by ABC before handing that franchise over to ESPN in 2006. Talk about your bookends — ABC debuted MNF when the Jets and Joe Namath took on and lost to the Browns, also by 31-21, back on Sept. 21, 1970.

Then there was Vinny Testaverde’s contribution to the evening. Vinny famously climbed off his Long Island couch for a classic return as the Jets starter after the season-ending injuries to Chad Pennington and Jay Fiedler and provided some early highlights, but soon he was showing his age, suffered a ding or two himself, and had settled back on the depth chart as Bollinger showed a little late promise.

Which caused some eyebrows to arch when coach Herm Edwards said Testaverde would see some action in the final two games of the Jets’ 4-12 campaign. “I think it’s important,” Coach Herm said at the time, “for a lot of reasons.”

One reason was for the record books. If Testaverde, who had thrown no TDs that season, found just one receiver for a score, he’d hold the mark for the most consecutive seasons with a touchdown pass in NFL history. He was tied at the time at 18 straight seasons with Fran Tarkenton (1961-78).

“Just Herm mentioning it says a lot,” Testaverde said during the week of the PT offer. “I’d love to get in there, don’t get me wrong. But if it doesn’t happen, I’m OK with that, too.”

It did happen. No. 16 came back on the field for the Green & White’s final series, and with 2:10 left, on his final play as a Jet, Testaverde hooked up with Laveranues Coles from 27 yards to set the record at 19 straight seasons. (Which he then extended to 21 seasons with one TD pass for the Patriots in ’06 and five for the Panthers in ’07.)

Back to Vrabel, who triggered this funky trip down memory lane. He played 17 games against the Jets as a Patriot from 2001-08 (just one with the Steelers in ’00 and none with the Chiefs in ’09-10). In those games, he had 81 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles, and the Pats went 13-4 against the Jets. Thus we impersonate Michael Kay and say to Vrabel, “See Ya!”

But if he can coach up a ‘backer or two at The Ohio State University that can help the Jets out in the coming years, well, all will be forgiven. Good luck, Mike.


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CHREBET: The Game of the Year

Posted by Wayne Chrebet on December 2, 2010 – 10:12 am

Wayne Chrebet’s 13th blog of the season for newyorkjets.com:

What a great way to end Thanksgiving. Some pumpkin pie and a Jets win. At halftime of the Lions and Patriots game I thought that there was a chance that Detroit could pull it out. Obviously they didn’t. The Pats were scary good in the second half. That’s how you put a team away.

As the Pats showed in this game, when they’re on, they can score in bunches. They lead the league with 334 points. It’s amazing how year in and year out they have a great offense. Different offensive coordinator, different receivers, different running backs. But one thing stays the same. Tom Brady. He turns good players into very good players. Look what’s he’s done with Welker since he got there.

And now with Danny Woodhead. It’s a shame he didn’t get an opportunity with the Jets. Sometimes it’s a numbers game. I know the Jets would have loved to keep him but I’m glad that he has gotten a chance to play in New England. And he has made the most of it. One thing I do know is that when players play against the team that they were cut from or left, they get a couple more plays where they are the main target. If I was the coach, I would get the ball in his hands often. Not just to put it in the Jets face, but because he is a playmaker.

Deion Branch is back on the Pats. He replaced Randy Moss. Branch is very dangerous when he gets his hands on the ball in the open field. He reminds me of Santonio. Both can score on any given play. Definitely someone that they need to pay close attention to.

This Monday night at New England has to be one of the most important games in recent history for the Jets. This is the game of the year so far in the NFL and it is in front of a national crowd. Yes, there are four more games after this one, but the winner of this game has the inside track for the No. 1 seed, a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. That first-round bye is huge. In 1998 we had it. Win two and you’re in the big dance. That extra week off really helps, too.

Like I’ve said before, the Jets need to throw the first punch. And it can’t be a jab. It has to be the real thing. One thing about a team like the Pats, they’re going to hit back. This isn’t the kind of team that you can easily break their spirit. But you hit someone in the mouth early and often, you have a chance to.

That stadium is going to be rockin’. Very loud and very hostile. I remember playing up there in Parcells’ first year with us. As we drove through the parking lot with our police escort, there was like half a dozen guys hanging on the fence with their pants down mooning us. Sick puppies. They love their football up there.

I know I didn’t really touch on the Bengals game because it was a win. The Jets were expected to win and they did. They won the way that they are supposed to when you play a team that is struggling the way they are.

One thing that I wanted to point out was the performance by Brad Smith. He broke the game open. He catches a 23-yard pass up the seam, takes a reverse 53 yards for a score and returns a kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown with one shoe on. One of the best performances that I have seen in a while. He is a true team player and a great asset to the team. I met Brad at an event at the stadium during his first year. We talked for a minute and he is as nice a person as you’ll find. Very respectful. A guy that I would have loved to play with.

The Patriots are the team that people love to see lose in recent years. People always get that way about a team that consistently wins, has a coach like they do, the whole Spygate thing, and are cocky. Even though they deserve to feel that way. I somehow feel that the Jets are looked at as that team now. That is just more incentive to prove people wrong.

Rex made a prediction in training camp they were the team to beat. Forget the first 11 games. This is going to feel like a playoff game. The Jets win this one they’re on their way to the promised land. It all starts now.


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‘MadBacker’ vs. ‘All Day': It’s a Beautiful Thing

Posted by Eric Allen on October 8, 2010 – 3:22 pm

Adrian “All Day” Peterson is coming to town Monday night and Bart Scott plans on laying out the welcome mat for the Vikings’ talented running back.

“These are the type of games I live for,” Scott told me this week during our latest installment of “Four Quarters” on newyorkjets.com.

Scott, now 30 and in his ninth professional season, remembers a poignant conversation he had with his father while playing collegiately at Southern Illinois.

“My dad asked me, ‘Do you think you can tackle Ricky Williams?’ And this is my dad and I’m like, ‘Dad, you’re insulting me right now,” Scott said. “I’m like ‘I’m not afraid of anybody.’ ”

The 5’10”, 230-pound Williams was the total package coming out of Texas many moons ago, possessing game-breaking speed but also the willingness to drop his helmet to run you over. Scott, who signed on as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, didn’t become a defensive regular until ’05 and has produced five consecutive seasons of 100 or more tackles since then. He can still recall how it felt when he and Williams collided for the first time.

“I got the opportunity about three or four years into my career to do it and I got the tackle,” he said. “I tasted Ricky’s power — I tasted it and I loved it and that’s football.”

Peterson (6’1”, 217) is another back who relishes contact. He probably doesn’t even know where the boundary is because “All Day” brings a defensive approach on offense.

“There are only a very few violent runners in this game. Adrian Peterson I would say is a bigger version of Ahmad Bradshaw. He is going to scrap and fight for every inch and that’s what you love because I know I have to bring my ‘A’ game and I can’t wait to taste his power,” Scott said. “I’ve been waiting for this matchup my entire career. It will be great to see how I measure up and meet him in the hole and let’s see whose feet can keep chomping.”

The Vikings had a bye in Week 4, but Peterson’s 392 yards paced the NFC through three games. He also has become more of a receiving threat, catching 13 balls out of the backfield. And Peterson, who turned the ball over on six of seven fumbles last year, has not yet put the ball on the floor.

Brett Favre and Randy Moss will receive plenty of headlines this week, but if you’re a purist, keep your eye on No. 57 in green and No. 28 in white. Scott was asked to describe that moment of impact that is only days away.

“There comes a point where you have to say, ‘Is it worth it?’ I’m always going to say it’s worth it and I’m always going to embrace it,” he said. “I’m not going to slow down — you’re going to have to carry me off the field before I slow down. If you knock me on my butt, I’m going to come even harder the next time.

“I’m not going to come in there timid. Some players may slow down and go timid, but I’m not. I’m going to go in there the next time, you can spin me around and I’m going to say, ‘We can do this all day, baby.’ I love it.”

Before the interview commenced, Scott talked about his latest project of paying for a new set of bleachers that were stolen from Southeastern High School, his alma matter, in Detroit. It was in that city that Scott learned to play a physical, Midwestern brand of ball.

“You really have to be a man in there. If you’re not a physical guy, a violent guy, people are going to exploit that. Even at a young age, we didn’t have the screen passes and things,” he said. “It was 24 Power, 45 Power, you had a sweep to both sides and most teams had a trap play.”

The weather forecast looks good for Monday night at the NMS, but Detroit’s Scott doesn’t worry about it. There’s a 100 percent chance of him meeting Adrian Peterson and that’s a beautiful outlook.

“You have the elements anyway, the snow, the rain, the cold weather, so you had to be tough mentally and I think that’s what helped me develop into the type of player I am now,” he said. “At the base and root of things, all I know is physical football. I am not going to shy or run away from any type of contact.”

Programming Note

Next week Santonio Holmes will join the “Four Quarters” rotation. LaDainian Tomlinson, Jim Leonhard, Bart Scott and Holmes are all scheduled to appear on the Web program four times throughout the season, once a month. Encouraging fan interaction as well, the Jets have created a new email address —fourquarters@newyorkjets.com — so viewers can write in and select comments and questions that will be read and answered on air.


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Fly in the Ointment? J-Co Sits Out Practice

Posted by Randy Lange on October 9, 2009 – 4:14 pm

The Jets could be "hamstrung" in their plans for integrating WR Braylon Edwards into their offense in time for Monday night at Miami.

Then again, maybe not.

It has to do with WR Jerricho Cotchery’s hamstring. Who knew that J-Co’s thigh was bothering him until he was listed on Thursday’s first injury report of the week leading up to MNF as limited in practice.

Today, head coach Rex Ryan said Cotchery did not participate in practice. He thinks he’ll have his top two wide receivers available for the Dolphins. But he’s not sure.

"Jerricho was out there in sweats but did not participate today," Ryan said at today’s news conference. "That hamstring is still bothering him some, so we’ll see. We’re definitely not ruling him out, but he’s not 100 percent right now."

So does that mean, Coach, that Cotchery could be a scratch for this game?

"That’s a possibility," Ryan said. "I’m expecting him to play, but that’s a definite possibility."

Needless to say, the situation is not as dire right now as it would be if the Jets were playing Sunday. He’s got an extra day plus to get his hammy ready for Miami. On the other hand, a hamstring tweak for your No. 1 wide receiver isn’t something to be taken lightly. We’ll know a little more Saturday afternoon, when the Jets will file their final injury report before the game around 4 p.m. ET.

Besides Cotchery, CB Donald Strickland (ankle) didn’t participate in practice today. S Kerry Rhodes (knee), CB Lito Sheppard (quad) and T Damien Woody (foot) were limited. So was WR David Clowney, who was excused for personal reasons but returned to get in some limited work toward the end of the session. Everyone else practiced full.

Two more one-liners on his "new" players. On LB Calvin Pace: "The Gazelle is back. He’s running all over the place, embarrassing his teammates like he always does, so that’s a good sign."

And on if Edwards looked more comfortable: "Let’s just ask his teammates what they thought of today’s practice from him." Then, trying to bait the Dolphins: "He’s probably going to struggle his first week. I’d just put one guy on him, that’s all I’d do. That’s me." But bottom line: "Like I said, when he’s covered, he’s open. So we’ll see."

Braylon’s Night Moves

Edwards was asked about his propensity to go off in prime time. He implied it’s no big deal, but it may be true.

"Every time you go out there, there are bright lights. We’re in the NFL, which is the No. 1 sport in America, the No. 1 televised sport," he said, then continued:

"The thing with me is I wake up. I’m a night owl. When I come in in the morning, I’m wiping sleep out of my eyes, just waking up by the time we go on the practice field. When you play Monday night games, they start at 8:30 p.m. and I’m wide awake. This is when I live, so that is the biggest thing with those. I’ve just been wide awake."

The stats suggest prime time, like Red Bull, gives him wings. Here are Edwards’ receiving lines from his seven prime time games with the Browns, five of them coming last season (home team in CAPS):

 Year-Gm Night Final Score Recs-Yds-Avg-Lg-TD
 2005-10 Sunday STEELERS 34, Browns 21 2-64-32.0-37-0
 2006-14 Thursday STEELERS 27, Browns 7 4-86-21.5-45t-1
 2008-2 Sunday Steelers 10, BROWNS 6 3-32-10.7-13-0
 2008-6 Monday BROWNS 35, Giants 14 5-154-30.8-70-1
 2008-10 Thursday Broncos 34, BROWNS 30 1-15-15.0-15-0
 2008-11 Monday Browns 29, BILLS 27 8-104-13.0-23-0
 2008-15 Monday EAGLES 30, Browns 10 5-102-20.4-28-0
 Totals Mondays 3 Games 18-360-20.0-70-1
 Totals All PT 7 Games 28-557-19.9-70-2

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Sanchez Is Seeking a Bounceback Week

Posted by Eric Allen on October 8, 2009 – 11:20 am

All Mark Sanchez wanted was a fourth win for the Jets, but the number four was most unfortuitous for the rookie last Sunday in New Orleans. He turned the ball over four times, he was sacked four times and a couple of his miscues directly turned into 14 Saints points as he tasted defeat for the first time as a pro.

“The most important thing was to get away from the emotional side,” Sanchez said this week. “Don’t get upset, frustrated, or mad at yourself. You have to move on for yourself, and for the rest of the guys in the locker room. Everybody is looking right here.”

When the team plane departed Louisiana, the grounded Sanchez looked at the video and reviewed his mistakes. He had no intention of sleeping off his first poor performance, which resulted in a 27.0 passer rating.

“I was trying to get an idea and then wake up early the next morning and go through my same routine,” he said. “Don’t change anything, don’t cut any corners, and don’t beat myself up too much. Just keep playing. I’ve shown that I can help this team win the last three weeks and that is what I need to do next week.”

The quartet of turnovers included a 99-yard interception scoring return from Darren Sharper to put the Jets down 10 in the second quarter and then a strip-sack in the end zone less than six minutes later that Remi Ayodele recovered to put the Green & White in a 17-point hole.

“I held the ball and somebody hit it out. There isn’t much you can do except try to throw it away earlier,” he said of the Will Smith strip. “The interceptions, those are just decision things, poor throws and I have to use my eyes a little better. That’s stuff we are working on constantly, and inevitably that’s going to happen to a rookie.”

The 22-year-old Sanchez certainly isn’t crushed, but he’s not complacent, either. Entering Week 5, he’s completed 57.3 percent of his passes for 744 yards with four touchdowns, five interceptions and two lost fumbles. The Jets certainly would like to see that touchdown/turnover ratio change around as the season progresses.

“There is no excuse for things like that,” he said of the turnovers. “I don’t care if it is my first year or my 13th year, I don’t want that to happen. I have a lot of work to do this week. I’m looking to bounce back and get back on track.”

Sanchez will get his chance on a national stage as the Jets pay a visit to the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. And he’ll do so with a new dynamic talent on the field as GM Mike Tannenbaum traded with the Browns for WR Braylon Edwards on Wednesday.

“He’s shown on film to just make great catches,” Sanchez said of the 6’3”, 215-pound Edwards. “Whether the ball is behind him, over his head, he has to dive – they are all catches. I am not planning on throwing anything too far out of reach.”

To this point, the defensive formula against the Jets has been to load the box to stop the run game and force the rookie into some difficult down-and-distance situations. The Jets are ranked ninth in rushing, but their pass offense ranks 27th (166.8 yards per game) and their scoring average is 25th (18.5 ppg).

The Jets believe Edwards will help the entire offense, serving as a true complement for Jerricho Cotchery (J-Co’s 356 yards rank fifth in the NFL) because he’s big, he can get downfield in a hurry, he can go up and get it, and he likes to mix it up and block.

“He’s an amazing talent,” Sanchez said. “He is going to do just fine here.”

The 1-3 Dolphins come into the divisional matchup with the NFL’s 24th-ranked pass defense, surrendering 238.5 yards a game, and the Jets could try to get Sanchez back on track early. He’s got a lot of passing targets at his disposal when you think of Cotchery, Edwards, Keller and also Leon Washington out of the backfield.

“I can tell that Mark has a very good grasp of what Brian [Schottenheimer] is trying to do with him down there from an offensive standpoint. He gets the ball out fast,” said Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano. “He’s a tough player. He has the ability to hurt you and break you down with the second play, meaning he can run with the football, so you’ve got to be aware of him that way. And the guy has outstanding arm strength, real good, and he’s patient.”

Sanchez said he learned some “valuable lessons” from the Saints game and he’s “ready to bounce back.” Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not worried at all about the rookie’s upcoming response.

“He’s like a tiger. He’s going to come roaring back, there is no doubt,” Ryan said. “I have 100 percent confidence in him.”


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