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Pats-Jets roundup: Mike DeVito says Jets are ‘loose’ heading into Thanksgiving night game 11.21.12 at 12:50 pm ET
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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 ‘€œloose’€ 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.

‘€œI 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. ‘€œI 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.

‘€œI just know we play well when we feel like this.’€

Added DeVito when asked if the team was ready to play its best game: ‘€œWithout 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.

‘€œI 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 ‘€œonce-in-a-generation quarterback’€ as he prepares his team to defend the Patriots offense.

‘€œThe thing about him, he’€™s a machine yet he’€™s passionate and a fiery leader,’€ Ryan said Tuesday. ‘€œYou 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.’€

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