Pats-Jets roundup: Mike DeVito says Jets are ‘loose’ heading into Thanksgiving night game
|11.21.12 at 12:50 pm ET|
The Jets are 4-6 and heavy underdogs heading into Thursday night’s game against the Patriots, but one player indicated the team is feeling “loose” heading into the contest.
Jets defensive end Mike DeVito said the normal tightness associated with a matchup against the Patriots is missing this week, and he said the team is ready to go.
“I feel like we were real loose this week at practice, which is good to see,” said DeVito a Cape Cod native who played collegiately at Maine. “I think a tendency that we’ve had in the past when it’s Patriots Week is to tighten up, you naturally get a little bit tight because you recognize the importance of the game, and how physical and ratcheted up it always is. … You play this game too tight, you’re not going to be successful. You play this game loose and with swag and having fun, that’s when you’re going to do well, and I think guys are happy about that.
“I just know we play well when we feel like this.”
Added DeVito when asked if the team was ready to play its best game: “Without a doubt, yeah, without a doubt. Guys are really confident. We’re jelling as a team, we believe in each other, and I have no doubt that we’re going to be ready to go on Thursday night.”
Jets center Matt Slauson wants it to be known that the Jets are ready to fight.
“I would expect to see a high-motor, high-enthusiasm team. … We’re going to be flying around that field,” he said. “Regardless of what happens in the game, we’re going to fight until the very end of the game with everything we got.”
♦ Rex Ryan is not underestimating the talent level of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Jets coach hailed Brady as a “once-in-a-generation quarterback” as he prepares his team to defend the Patriots offense.
“The thing about him, he’s a machine yet he’s passionate and a fiery leader,” Ryan said Tuesday. “You wish he was just a machine. His competitive side elevates his team as well. That’s what you get from those once-in-a-generation-type quarterbacks.”
♦ Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is out for the season, but his words inspired teammate Antonio Cromartie to play better, Cromartie told the New York Post.
Revis and Cromartie had a heart-to-heart conversation following a 27-10 loss to the Steelers on Sept. 16, when Revis told Cromartie he had to step up on defense. Cromartie, reviled by Patriots fans for his outspoken criticism of Brady, said he’s a changed player after the conversation.
“It was a different conversation, and I’m grateful for having him as a teammate and coming to me and making sure that I’m playing at a high level than having a coach tell me,” Cromartie said. “Hearing it from your peers is more meaningful.”
Cromartie also has toned down his trash-talk about Brady.
“The guy has won multiple Super Bowls,” he said. “You have to have respect for that.”
• The players might be excited for Thanksgiving Day football, but New York fans apparently are not. As of noon Wednesday, more than 3,500 tickets were available on StubHub, with the lowest ticket going for $26. A day earlier, there were more than 5,000 tickets for sale. This comes as news that Jets owner Woody Johnson requested the holiday night game.
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