As the Jets went through their weekly Friday walk-through, Gang Green looks to stave off its rocky start and take it to one of the high power offensive units in the NFL.
How’s Brett Favre’s ankle doing? Better, according to “Mangenius” and Co.
“I felt pretty comfortable a few days ago,” head coach Eric Mangini said of Favre’s left ankle. “He hasn’t missed many games in the last however many years.”
It’s not like Favre has missed any days of practice so it’s safe to say he’ll be “all systems go” come Sunday.
The Jets (1-2) have been hit by the injury bug on many fronts, including the defensive line with Kris Jenkins, who did practice today. Jenkins has been the more consistent entity on the defensive line through the first three games.
“He’s been on a consistent treatment program,” Mangini said. “We’ll just keep going with that and gauge where he is on Sunday.”
If Jenkins can’t go on Sunday; it’s very likely that either DT’s C.J. Mosley or Sione Pouha will get the nod for the start. The two together have 67 total games played. Jenkins has 88 by himself.
“I feel pretty good,” Jenkins said. “I’m just sticking to my routine to get ready for Sunday.”
Staying with the injured, DB Justin Miller has been limited since the preseason and has yet to play in the regular season. Mangini is encouraged by his progress.
“He’s moving along,” he said. “He’s working on it in the treatment room and on the field. He’s like the rest of the group; we’ll evaluate it on gameday.”
Gang Green’s D (specifically it’s secondary) will have the pleasure of trying to shutdown the top WR tandem in the NFL (arguably) in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald this Sunday. The pair are two of 39 receivers in NFL history to have been selected to a Pro Bowl twice in their first four seasons.
Jets DB’s Dwight Lowery and Darrelle Revis struggled against the Chargers last Monday night. Lowery showed his rookie shortcomings and Revis seemed a bit lost with the Chargers offense almost scoring at will against Bob Sutton’s defense.
“They’re very rarely shutdown,” Mangini said of Arizona’s one-two punch. “I think they’re both excellent receivers.”
Jet defenders seem to agree. DB Darrelle Revis said that the Cardinals receiving core consists of strong and powerful runners. And that covering them will be a good test to see where Gang Green is at as a defensive unit.
“This would be a big win for us to get the fans rowdy and keep the energy up and positive,” he said. “This is what we are trying to do. We are trying to get back and move forward.”
Besides Fitzgerald and Boldin, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet also pose a threat if double teams form up on the big two on Sunday.
“We have weapons and they have weapons,” Revis said. “We both have to adapt to what is needed to succeed on Sunday.”
Lets not forget about the other nine players on the Arizona offense. RB Edgerrin James is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2007. The Jets aren’t taking him lightly.
“Everyone forgets what he did while he was with the Colts,” Jenkins said. “We have to stop him too, just like they have to stop us.”
Next to nothing went on during the open practice session to the media which was moved inside to the field house because of torrential downpours this morning. Today marked the first time the team has praciticed inside the massive Atlantic Health Center Field house which boasts the largest square footage of any facility in the NFL.
Throwback to the Past
Gang Green will be sporting their New York Titans jerseys Sunday against Arizona.
Whisenhunt a former Jet
Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt played tight end for the Jets from 1991-1993 under Bruce Coslet and was a tight ends coach with Al Groh in 2000.
Gang Green defensive coordinator Bob Sutton sat down for a little chat after practice Friday to discuss the upcoming matchup against the Cardinals. The hot topic was once again, the secondary facing Fitzgerald and Boldin. “You’re not going to come up with some kind of new plan or technique,” he said. “These (Fitzgerald and Boldin) guys are exceptional players and complete. They’re both run blockers and can go up and take the ball away.” Sutton said that the secondary need to play with good technique and understand what is trying to be executed on a particular play or situation. The defense as a whole needs to step up in order to put pressure on QB Kurt Warner.
Calvin Pace is one of those necessities. “I think the thing with Calvin is that he plays with a high level of intensity,” Sutton said. “He practices that way and plays that way. He’s a real factor not only in the passing game but in the running game. He can track down plays really well.” The defensive unit as a whole has their work cut out for them come Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford. And not only in the secondary, but on the defensive line as well. The OL of Arizona has kept Warner upright so far this year. He’s only been sacked seven times. “I think they’ve (OL) played very solid football on offense,” Sutton said. “With the two receivers they have, every play is a potential touchdown if we can’t execute.” The defense has had a good week of practice according to Sutton and Mangini. “I’m really pleased with the defense’s pursuit of the ball,” Mangini said. “I thought that was something we emphasized and that they had been doing a good job with.”
Not much change on the injury front. K Mike Nugent and WR David Clowney are still out. Coles, Favre, Hodges, and Justin Miller participated in practice but were limited. NT Kris Jenkins was on the field for stretches but did not participate in 11 on 11. He was seen doing hand drills with the DL unit with Bryan Cox on the sideline. He seemed to be at full speed.