|09.16.10 at 11:07 pm ET|
After former Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi said Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was a front-runner and “tanks it” when his team gets down, New York coach Rex Ryan defended his quarterback.
“I respect the heck out of Tedy Bruschi, no question, but I think he would have a different opinion if he was here every day,” Ryan said in Thursday’s press conference.
“Tedy Bruschi is a guy that I really do respect. That’s a tough dude and he’s smart. I think he would feel much different if he was here because of the way he leads on the practice field, the personality he has,” Ryan added. “What he says about him when we get ahead, that’s how he is every day on the practice field. It never went our way on Monday night, but I would definitely not put Mark in a front-running category. This guy is a competitor and I think Bruschi would have loved to play with him.”
|09.16.10 at 9:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Julian Edelman said Thursday the only thing he remembers about his NFL debut last year in the Meadowlands was how much of a rookie he looked like on film.
A lot of rookies would like to have the kind of debut Edelman had nearly one year ago to the day when the wideout grabbed eight balls for 98 yards on Sept. 20, 2009, filling in at the slot for the injured Wes Welker.
“I actually look at it and say, ‘Wow, you looked really like a rookie last year.’ There were a lot of mistakes and of course, there were little things here and there that looked all right but I had got a long way to go and I still do,” Edelman said with humility that would make his head coach proud.
There’s being humble and then there’s being downright hard on yourself.
Following that performance, Edelman had three catches for 26 yards and three kickoff returns for 68 yards in New England’s 31-14 payback win on Nov. 22 at Gillette Stadium. Darrelle Revis played in both games. Another stud corner, Antonio Cromartie, was brought in this offseason to help shut down potent offenses like the Patriots.
“We’ll break down that film, break down the second film and get ready for this week,” Edelman said. “They’re a tough defense. They have some of the best corners in the league, arguably, that everyone is talking about. It’s going to be tough. They’re going to have a lot of different schemes. If you have to get open, you’re going to have get open and you’re going to have to do what you have to do.
“This is a totally different team. They’ve [brought in] a new corner and they’re going to have different schemes probably.”
Was there a lesson to be taken from his two experiences against the Jets in 2009?
“What did I learn? I don’t even remember that, really,” Edelman said in repeating and answering the question on Thursday. “When our offense is clicking, we’re pretty tough, that’s what I’ve learned.
The second-year receiver, who has been slowed by a foot injury that kept him out of action in Week 1 against the Bengals, said Thursday he is looking forward to making his debut on Sunday against the Jets, if he is cleared to play.
“I’m real anxious to get back out there,” Edelman said. “I love playing the game and anytime you don’t get a chance to play with your teammates that you’ve been training real hard with and going through double-days with, it’s real disappointing. I’m chomping at that bit.”
This year, it’s Edelman who is coming back from an injury (foot) and hopes to be ready in time for kickoff at the New Meadowlands Stadium.
|09.16.10 at 4:32 pm ET|
Jets Practice Report for Thursday
LB Calvin Pace (foot)
S Brodney Pool (ankle)
CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring)
|09.16.10 at 4:13 pm ET|
Patriots Practice Report for Thursday
Did Not Practice
OL Nick Kaczur (back)
CB Terrence Wheatley (foot)
WR Julian Edelman (foot)
RB Fred Taylor (toe)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)
|09.16.10 at 4:05 pm ET|
FOXBORO — If Thursday’s comments from Jets head coach Rex Ryan are any indication, we can expect “Gang Green” to go after Wes Welker on Sunday.
“We have to hit him,” Ryan said of Welker, who caught 15 balls for 192 yards in New England’s 31-14 win on Nov. 22, 2009 at Gillette Stadium.
That might be their best chance because the way they’re losing bodies on defense, they won’t be able to cover anyone.
The New York Jets, already reeling from a season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens and injuries to Kris Jenkins and Calvin Pace, are monitoring the condition of their Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis, who played his first game back Monday night after missing all of training camp in a contract dispute, was limited on Thursday in practice by hamstring tightness and his availability for Sunday is unknown, though the New York Daily News reported Thursday that he continued to practice after feeling tightness and will practice Friday.
Revis has publicly called Patriots star receiver Randy Moss a “slouch” for his work ethic and held Moss to nine catches and one touchdown in their two meetings in 2009.
Meanwhile, Jets head coach Rex Ryan said Thursday he has told his players they need to do one thing to contain Patriots receiver Wes Welker.
One player Welker and the rest of the Patriots receiving corps will still have to contend with is Antonio Cromartie, the defensive back Welker on Thursday called one of the best in the NFL.
“He’s super fast,” Welker said. “I don’t think there’s anyone faster in the league than that guy. His speed and range and recovery. And not only that, his size, he’s a big guy. He’s a rare combination of size and speed and definitely someone who you have to stay on top of your routes and can’t get sloppy out there.”
|09.16.10 at 2:18 pm ET|
FOXBORO — For the second straight day, Terrence Wheatley (foot) and Nick Kaczur (back) were the only players missing as the Patriots practice in full pads on the upper fields outside Gillette Stadium.
Wheatley was spotted in the Patriots locker room on Thursday before practice without the walking boot he had been using during the healing process.
And once again, music played over the speakers during the open portion of practice, with Public Enemy‘s “He Got Game” being played, which includes a sample from the Stephen Stills/Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth” from the late 1960s.
The video is below and – of course – stars another well-known Boston athlete – Ray Allen.
The Patriots play the Jets Sunday afternoon at 4:15 p.m. ET at the New Meadowlands Stadium as they begin a stretch of three straight against AFC East rivals.
|09.16.10 at 2:08 pm ET|
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