Update, 5:59 p.m. ET
Rex Ryan could have spoken at length about the St. Louis Rams, the waiving of LB Aaron Maybin or the signing of RB Kahlil Bell. But he wasn’t asked about the Rams and mentioned the transactions only late in today’s news conference.
Mostly reporters wanted to probe the coach’s reactions to a story of named and anonymous team sources in the Daily News on the theme of the quality of Tim Tebow’s play as Mark Sanchez’s backup at QB.
Ryan didn’t deviate from his position on Tebow that he offered back when the Jets traded for him with the Broncos on March 21.
“I’ve said that from day one. We never brought Tim in here to be the starting quarterback,” Ryan said. “We’ve used him in the Wildcat and you saw him throwing the ball [Sunday at Seattle]. Two snaps, 20 snaps, he has done that for us. I recognize the fact that he’s a tremendous football player.
Soon after the trade, Ryan introduced the idea of Tebow working on the punt team. ” ‘You know what? We’d like you to be our personal protector. We think that’s going to give us an advantage in the punting game,’ ” he reformed the statement he made to Tebow at the time. “This might be the best net punting we’ve ever had here, and a lot of that can be attributed to having Tim Tebow as our personal protector.”
As the PP, Tebow has taken three fake-punt snaps, all for first downs. And Robert Malone’s 39.3-yard net punting average, while only 20th among this season’s strong group of NFL punters, would be the best in 47 seasons, or since Curley Johnson registered a 39.7 net for the 1965 Jets that is still the franchise best.
Another main topic was if the anonymous sources quoted in the story indicated that the ’12 Jets were starting to fray as the ’11 Jets did in the second half of the season.
“Did I address it with the team? I absolutely addressed it,” Ryan said. “If you’re not going to put your name on it, I think that’s about as cowardly a thing as there is.
“I don’t think we have the same problem. Even back then I thought it was a little over-exaggerated about the rift in the whole locker room. I do recognize there was something wrong there and I’ve made it my personal agenda to go out and fix it. You can say what you want, but if I’m going to be judged by this team coming together, that’s fine, I’ll be here a long time.”
We’ll post the transcripts of Ryan’s news conference as well as the informal newsers by Sanchez and Tebow at their lockers as they become available early this evening.
On Kahlil Bell and Maybin, Rex said both moves were related to current personnel needs.
“When you look at this roster, I’m not saying [Maybin] won’t be back or anything else,” the coach said. “But you have to do what we always say is in the best interests of our football team. With us having two backs who are questionable injury-wise in Bilal Powell with a concussion and Joe McKnight with an ankle, we felt we needed to bring somebody else in.
“I like Aaron. I love the way he plays. He flies around and does a tremendous job on the practice field. The numbers haven’t been there for him this year. I’m encouraged with the way Ricky Sapp played on Sunday, and I think he showed it on the practice field too.”
Sapp was on the CenturyLink turf for 19 plays, 13 on defense. Maybin got 116 snaps on defense in the first eight games and totaled four tackles, no sacks and nine QB hits, unofficially fourth on the team. He was also in for 90 plays on special teams.
As for Bell, he’s the 6’0″, 219-pound RB out of UCLA who has a healthy 4.5-yard average per carry in his career, but the sample is limited: 131 carries for 589 yards, all in 22 games (three starts) with Chicago in 2009, ’11 and this season. He has one career touchdown, on a 25-yard reception in the Bears’ fall-from-ahead loss to the Seahawks last season. And he had his career-long 72-yard run in his first game as a pro for the Bears vs. the Eagles in 2009.
John Holt, our reporter, will join the locker room scrum to talk with K.Bell following today’s practice for, in case anyone forgot, the Rams game on Sunday in St. Louis.
CB Isaiah Trufant was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after his short-lived reunion with his brothers at CenturyLink Field. Trufant injured his left knee as he and Garrett McIntyre were going for the tackle of Leon Washington at the end of Leon’s opening punt return in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.
Injury Picture Update
The Jets’ injury report after Wednesday’s first full practice of the week:
Did Not Practice — WR Stephen Hill (illness), RB Bilal Powell (concussion). Ryan said Hill was sent home today.
Limited — RB-KR Joe McKnight (ankle), DT Sione Po‘uha (low back/ankle), LB Bart Scott (toe).
Full — TE Jeff Cumberland (wrist), DT Mike DeVito (finger), DT Kenrick Ellis (knee), WR Clyde Gates (shoulder), DT Damon Harrison (thumb), WR Jeremy Kerley (heel), S LaRon Landry (heel), C Nick Mangold (ankle/thumb), G Brandon Moore (hip), LB Calvin Pace (shoulder), QB Mark Sanchez (back), G Matt Slauson (knee), S Eric Smith (knee), QB Tim Tebow (ribs)
The Jets have had a longer injury list than any opponent on any day this season, but no foe has had a shorter list than the Rams today. They list only three players, all as limited at today’s workouts near the Arch: WR Austin Pettis (toe), DE Eugene Sims (knee) and S Darian Stewart (knee). All three are backups and only Pettis played in last week’s tie at San Francisco.
Tags: Aaron Maybin, Kahlil Bell, Mark Sanchez, Rex Ryan, Ricky Sapp, Robert Malone, Seattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams, Tim Tebow
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Here are today’s pregame tweets for Jets-Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, 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 for Jets @ Seattle won’t be snow as it was in ’08, but almost as bad: rain expected all afternoon, temps in mid-40s, light wind.
#RL Jets are 8-9 all-time vs Seahawks, 3-4 @ SEA, 0-1 @ CenturyLink, but they’ve won 8 of the last 10 meetings, 3 of last 5 @ SEA.
#RL Jets have scored first in eight of the last nine games in this series (7-2), have scored first in last five games at Seattle.
#RL Jets QB Mark Sanchez last 2 games: 95 atts, 56 comps, 611 yds. Atts, comps most in back-to-back games in his career, yds 2nd most.
#RL SEA rookie QB Russell Wilson in 4 home games this yr: 92 atts, 57 comps, 747 yds, 9 TDs, 0 INTs, 1 lost FUM, 120.2 rating, 4-0 record.
#RL Jets RB Shonn Greene: 139 carries, 509 yds (3.7 avg), 5 TDs. In his last 3 games Greene is averaging 97.3 yds/game, 4.6 per carry.
#RL SEA RB Marshawn Lynch w/BUF vs Jets 2007-10: 7 games, 103 carries, 431 yds (4.2 per carry, 61.6 per game), 2 TDs.
#RL Today’s referee: Ed Hochuli. It’s Ed’s 17th Jets game as ref since ’93, incl ’04 PO win @ SD, ’09 season opener @ HOU, ’10 win vs NE
#RL NYJ inactives: QB Greg McElroy RB Joe McKnight LB Aaron Maybin G Caleb Schlauderaff G Hayworth Hicks TE Hayden Smith NT Kenrick Ellis
#RL S Eric Smith (knee) active first time in 4 games, LB Bart Scott (toe) active after sitting vs MIA, ending 119-game RS appearance streak.
#RL With Jets LB Aaron Maybin deactivated, LB Ricky Sapp is active and could make his NFL debut today.
#RL Jets in white jerseys, white pants, green trim. 23rd time u/ Rex Ryan Jets are in white/white. Record is 12-10 but 1-7 in last 8 games in w/w.
#RL Marv Albert, Rich Gannon in the CBS booth for Jets-Seahawks. It’s the 100th career Jets game that Marv has called for network TV.
Tags: Aaron Maybin, Bart Scott, CenturyLink Field, Ed Hochuli, Eric Smith, Mark Sanchez, Marshawn Lynch, Marv Albert, Ricky Sapp, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, Shonn Greene
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Health can be wealth, especially in the NFL, and Rex Ryan said today that his available roster looks pretty healthy to take on the “second half” of the Jets’ season, beginning with the Bills at Buffalo on Sunday afternoon.
DT Mike DeVito’s sore knee, which kept him out of the pre-bye comeback win over the Chargers, has been a sore spot but Ryan saw it improving all this week.
“I’d be shocked if DeVito wasn’t ready to do more,” the head coach said at today’s news conference, adding later of DeVito suiting up for the Bills, “I am optimistic about that. Very optimistic.”
Ryan also noted that CB Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) and rookie DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) joined DeVito today working exclusively with strength and conditioning coach Bill Hughan on the sideline while their teammates practiced.
“I think Trufant as well” will be ready to increase his workload this week, Ryan said. “Kenrick, I’m not so sure. We’ll see how he looks.”
All of the other Jets coming off of injury listings — C Nick Mangold (ankle), LB David Harris (foot/ankle), DT Marcus Dixon (knee) and DE Ropati Pitoitua (knee) — got outside today and knocked the rust off from six days away from the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center.
There were also a few new Jets running around with the holdovers. Ryan was asked about two — TE Shawn Nelson, the former Bill, who’s been added to the active roster, and LB Ricky Sapp, the former Eagles fifth-round pick in 2010 who signed on to the practice squad.
Nelson, said Ryan, is “a guy I always wanted. Buffalo took him [in the '09 draft] before we had an opportunity to. The thing I was impressed about on the college tape, the thing that jumps out to you is how big he is, a 6’5″ target, but he can really run — a 4.6 guy in the 40. And then the thing that really got my attention is he can pass-block as well.”
Sapp, Rex said, “was another young man we liked coming out of college. We worked him out early this year and he wasn’t ready [from knee rehab]. We said, ‘We’re going to give you X amount of weeks and then bring you back during the bye.’ I never thought he’d be all the way back like he is, so we’re excited to give him the chance to come onto our practice squad.”
Tags: Buffalo Bills, Isaiah Trufant, Kenrick Ellis, Mike DeVito, Ricky Sapp, Shawn Nelson
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Welcome back to newyorkjets.com following the Jets bye week. And for all those Green& White fans affected by the weekend snowstorm, welcome back from the Nightmare (Two Months) Before Christmas.
The snow has covered the grounds here at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, but as usual Blake Hoerr and his fields & grounds crew did their immaculate job of snow removal from the outside FieldTurf field. It appears as if today’s welcome-back practice for the players will be an outdoor affair, complete with loudspeakers to get the Jets in the mood for the rejuvenated Ralph Wilson Stadium crowd that will be cheering on the 5-2 Bills when the Jets come calling this coming Sunday.
To help get the Jets ready, there are five new/old players on their active and practice squad rosters, as we tweeted a short while ago.
On the active roster is TE Shawn Nelson (6’5″, 240) who was Buffalo’s fourth-round pick in 2009 and played ’09 and ’10 for the Bills. He caught a touchdown pass in his first NFL game, in Buffalo’s ’09 opener at New England, but none since, and has 20 career catches for 181 yards
Nelson was waived by the Bills on Sept. 3 and got a workout from the Patriots in early September before the Jets worked him out last week. He’ll wear No. 83 for his new team.
The Jets also replenished their practice squad with the signings of four players. G Matt Kroul and T Dennis Landolt return to the P-squad, and also coming aboard are LB Ricky Sapp and TE Jamarko Simmons. Also, LB Eddie Jones was released from the practice squad.
Sapp (6’4″, 252) was a fifth-round pick by Philadelphia out of Clemson in 2010 who spent all that season on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Simmons (6’3″, 235), the all-time Western Michigan receptions leader as a WR, signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent after the 2009 draft, was waived before the start of the Packers’ ’09 training camp, and was a tryout at the Saints’ 2010 minicamp. He helped Marty Schottenheimer’s Virginia Destroyers win the UFL championship game on Oct. 21.
We’ll have reports from head coach Rex Ryan’s news conference and from the Jets locker room later this afternoon.
Tags: Blake Hoerr, Buffalo Bills, Jamarko Simmons, Ricky Sapp, Shawn Nelson
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