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    NYP: Safety net: New Jets DBs brought in to stop Patriots TEs

    Didn't see this posted..Apologies if I missed it

    By BRIAN COSTELLO

    The last time Jets fans saw Rob Gronkowski, he was embarrassing the Jets safeties.

    The big Patriots tight end had eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns as New England ran over the Jets. It was apparent that night that the Jets needed to make changes at safety. The undersized Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith were unable to cover Gronkowski.

    That’s why the starting safeties on Sunday will be Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry, the two biggest free agents the Jets signed this offseason.

    And they’re ready for Gronkowski.

    “We ain’t going to let him just run down the field. I can tell you that,” Bell said Wednesday. “We’re going to put some hands on him. We’re going to try to frustrate him, and we’re going to beat him up a little bit.”

    This is music to Jets’ fans ears, who have watched elite tight ends batter coach Rex Ryan’s defenses. Both Bell and Landry said when the Jets were recruiting them this spring, the front office talked about the team’s struggles against tight ends.

    “They mentioned it,” Landry said. “It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us. We’ll see what kind of calls they’ll dial up. I’m not going to say I’m going to be covering [Gronkowski] all the time, but if I do, I’m going to be ready for it.”

    The Patriots have not only Gronkowski at tight end, but also Aaron Hernandez, who returned last week after missing three weeks with an ankle injury. He played a limited number of snaps against the Seahawks last week, but the Jets expect him to be a full go this week.

    Bell said the Jets will test Hernandez, though, since he has been injured.

    “He’s just trying to get back into the groove so we’re just going to play with his head a little bit,” Bell said. “He hasn’t been out there quite as much. We’re just going to play with him and see once we settle in what’s working and what’s not.”

    The lasting image of that 37-16 loss for the Jets at MetLife Stadium last year was Gronkowski beating Smith then running over Leonhard in the end zone for a touchdown. Smith is now the team’s third safety, although he is hurt and may not play Sunday. Leonhard is now a Bronco.

    Landry and Bell have given the Jets defense a stronger identity on the back end. Ryan said Monday that he never stops thinking about the Patriots, and the organization even makes roster decisions based upon how to better match up with New England. Make no mistake: The signing of two physical safeties like Landry and Bell has everything to do with slowing the Patriots down.

    “They have said that they’ve had some trouble guarding tight ends here,” Bell said. “I’m sure that was a big part of bringing me and LaRon in. With that being said, it’s a challenge for us on Sunday to kind of erase some of that. That’s fine with us.

    “One thing about me and LaRon, we’re always ready to face a challenge, no matter who it is. We’re going to give it our all, and we’re going to be physical with people.”

    Gronkowski has 29 catches for 356 yards and three touchdowns this year, not quite the season he had last year when he had 17 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards. He has been slowed by a hip injury.

    The two tight ends are just an element of this potent Patriots offense, which is No. 1 in the NFL in total offense. The Jets are 10 1/2-point underdogs, but Landry is unfazed.

    “I’m not saying we’re going to beat them, but they can be beat,” he said.

    “We’ve just got to play our football and execute well.”

    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/...p3JlmaSyqbO6lL

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    Until we get rid of Pace TEs will continue to plague us.

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    hit. brady. alot.

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    Ryan said Monday that he never stops thinking about the Patriots, and the organization even makes roster decisions based upon how to better match up with New England.

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    “We ain’t going to let him just run down the field. I can tell you that,” Bell said Wednesday. “We’re going to put some hands on him. We’re going to try to frustrate him, and we’re going to beat him up a little bit.”
    Think: zebras, flags, extended NE drives.

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    landry and bell have been a great addition. looking forward to seeing them dominate the pats tes and wrs this sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10PennyToColes87 View Post
    Oh boy, here we go again.

    Shades of Mangini all over again.

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    I'd like to see Davis ad LB a little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King P View Post
    Oh boy, here we go again.

    Shades of Mangini all over again.
    It runs both ways. A perpetual arms race. Not sure why it's all that surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10PennyToColes87 View Post
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    Ryan said Monday that he never stops thinking about the Patriots, and the organization even makes roster decisions based upon how to better match up with New England.
    Pats do the same for us.

    Can't overlook the first hurdle - your own Division - if you hope to make the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10PennyToColes87 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jetrider View Post
    Pats do the same for us.

    Can't overlook the first hurdle - your own Division - if you hope to make the playoffs.
    The Pats are more concerned with what the Giants did to them than the Jets. The Jets don't have the Pats number, the Giants are about the only team that's proven they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleatMarks View Post
    The Pats are more concerned with what the Giants did to them than the Jets. The Jets don't have the Pats number, the Giants are about the only team that's proven they do.
    You mean the Pats focus on a team they may not face all year?

    Makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetrider View Post
    You mean the Pats focus on a team they may not face all year?

    Makes sense.
    No, they focus on their weaknesses. The Jets haven't exposed any so far. The Giants have.

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    Landry is going to be taking out some knees. Gronk better watch out for the low hits or he could end up on the sideline for a while.

    Goodell wants the aiming point to be lowered to reduce head injuries, and Landry will abide. Welker should get some head shots though. You gotta send a message to that little puke like Smith did in 2010. Smith got called for a personal Gould early in the game for helmet to helmet, but it was well worth it since Welker came out a few plays and didnt do much the rest of the game. Smith layed the wood to whittle Wes a couple times in the playoff beating we have them that year as well. Beating up on Welker is key to beating the Pats. You can pressure Brady, and hit him, but many times he is going to be Geri g the ball out quickly on the short routes, so hitting Welker hard is huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleatMarks View Post
    No, they focus on their weaknesses. The Jets haven't exposed any so far. The Giants have.
    +1. The Giants also have two first round picks at safety in Rolle and Phillips, which is a big part of why they're effective at defending tight ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CleatMarks View Post
    The Pats are more concerned with what the Giants did to them than the Jets. The Jets don't have the Pats number, the Giants are about the only team that's proven they do.
    You don't think that drafting (Gronk-A.Hern) and scheming multiple tight ends sets had anything to do with Revis already being here and Cro traded a month before their draft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bachelors III View Post
    You don't think that drafting (Gronk-A.Hern) and scheming multiple tight ends sets had anything to do with Revis already being here and Cro traded a month before their draft?
    That's it...Drop the hammer on this fool

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=V-OYKd8SVrI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gastineau99 View Post
    Landry is going to be taking out some knees. Gronk better watch out for the low hits or he could end up on the sideline for a while.

    Goodell wants the aiming point to be lowered to reduce head injuries, and Landry will abide. Welker should get some head shots though. You gotta send a message to that little puke like Smith did in 2010. Smith got called for a personal Gould early in the game for helmet to helmet, but it was well worth it since Welker came out a few plays and didnt do much the rest of the game. Smith layed the wood to whittle Wes a couple times in the playoff beating we have them that year as well. Beating up on Welker is key to beating the Pats. You can pressure Brady, and hit him, but many times he is going to be Geri g the ball out quickly on the short routes, so hitting Welker hard is huge.
    Uhhh, did you see this hit last week?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmyhqyPsQ6A

    He came back in like 2 snaps later. His brain is made of pudding now. It will take more than that to take him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bachelors III View Post
    You don't think that drafting (Gronk-A.Hern) and scheming multiple tight ends sets had anything to do with Revis already being here and Cro traded a month before their draft?
    Not at all. BB has drafted what...12 TEs since he's been here (9 long before Revis and Cro)? He finally hit on a couple. This doesn't even count the 15 or 16 he's brought in during free agency.

    Dave Stachelski
    Jabari Holloway
    Arther Love
    Daniel Graham
    Spencer Nead
    Ben Watson
    Andy Stokes
    Dave Thomas
    Garret Mills
    Gronk
    Hernandez
    Lee Smith
    Last edited by CleatMarks; 10-18-2012 at 12:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bachelors III View Post
    You don't think that drafting (Gronk-A.Hern) and scheming multiple tight ends sets had anything to do with Revis already being here and Cro traded a month before their draft?
    I think it is more than BB saw how the rules changed and realized that high-percentage throws to targets that make for the most traditional mismatch [TE] were a huge plus when combined with his highly accurate QB. Add in that you can disguise your plans to a great degree with TE formations and you have a recipe for success.

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