Jets bring DT Green back to the Future
FLORHAM PARK, NJ -With yet another season-ending injury to All-Pro DT Kris Jenkins, this time suffered six minutes in to Week 1, it seems history is repeating itself. After losing Jenkins halfway through last season, the Jets brought in DT
Howard Green to try and fill Big Jenks big shoes.
It worked out for Rex Ryan and the Jets, who ended last season number one in total defense.
The Jets hope to duplicate that success by re-signing Green today to a two year deal. The 6-foot-2, 325 pound Green played in 12 games for the Jets tallying 16 tackles. The Washington Redskins signed Green in the off-season, but was cut before the start of the season.
Speaking of the Redskins, speculation began circulating that with the Jets down a defensive tackle they would pursue the disgruntled, but talented Albert Haynesworth. Last season, there was also speculation that GM Mike Tannenbaum eyed Dallas Cowboy defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, but they went with Green instead.
Green joins a thin, but veteran group on the defensive line. He will be sharing time with Sione Pouha, who had two fumble recoveries against Baltimore, along with Shaun Ellis, Vernon Gholston and Mike DeVito. They also have Matt Kroul and Marcus Dixon on the bench but lost Ropati Pitoitua to a season-ending Achilles injury.
Jenkins re-injured the same knee that ended his 2009 campaign. In fact, it was the same injury he suffered last year, a torn ACL. He joins LB Calvin Pace on the injury list, who is in the third week of his injury and has been no where near the football field. The Jets are hopeful to have him for Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins.