It was all smiles for the Jets this afternoon, and with good reason.
Their emphatic victory Sunday over the Houston Texans was about as complete a performance as this group could have hoped for, so their day away from the practice field was filled with positive talk from every corner of the team.
“It’s just good to get a win,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “It’s an away game and it was tough. We beat the crowd. It’s basically beating the crowd. It was good for us to just go and get this victory. The momentum is good for our defense and good for our team.”
After reviewing the tape, the coaching staff decided to give offensive game balls to running back Thomas Jones, and rookie signal caller Mark Sanchez. Jones rushed for 107 yards on 20 carries with two TD’s, and Sanchez finished 18-31 for 272 yards with a touchdown and a pick.
“It was outstanding,” head coach Rex Ryan said of Sanchez’ performance. “I expected him to be good, but wow. Just the way he was able to slide, step up, back, just the different things. Playing t hat position, you have to have that (pocket presence). He clearly has that kind of poise and he’s got that awareness that it takes to be a successful quarterback. That’s critical.”
On the defensive side, Revis was awarded a game ball for his shut-down performance on Texans receiver Andre Johnson (the star wideout only caught three balls). Linebacker David Harris was also awarded a game ball for his outstanding play, as was Jason Trusnik, who received the game ball for his work on special teams in the win.
The Jets left Houston relatively injury free, meaning they will be virtually 100% against the Patriots on Sunday. Defensive tackle Sione Pouha tweaked an ankle, and safety Eric Smith was kicked in the nose during a tackle. It’s unclear as of yet whether or not Smith’s nose is broken, but Ryan doesn’t believe either will miss any time.
Gang Green takes to the field tomorrow for their first workout in preparation for their matchup against the division rival New England Patriots.