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News » New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18


New York Jets Notes, Quotes 2009-04-18
--New coach Rex Ryan provided a tongue-in-cheek reminder of the Eric Mangini regime when he was asked about the three players who sat out practice: RG Brandon Moore, TE Dustin Keller and DE Shaun Ellis.


"I'm not going to talk about injuries," he said, deadpan, before quickly adding, "just kidding." He said Moore (sports hernia) and Ellis (knee) are recovering from offseason surgery, while Keller has flu-like symptoms. He said that if the Jets "had a game tomorrow," Ellis could play.

Mangini always was tight-lipped about injuries, even during the spring. Ryan has told reporters he won't be that way except in some instances when a competitive advantage can be gained. Obviously, there's no competitive advantage considering the Jets' first regular-season game is almost five months away.

--Ryan will begin his NFL head coaching career by facing Houston on the road on Sept. 13. That was the site of one of his father Buddy's most infamous moments, when he was the Oilers' defensive coordinator and slugged offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during Houston's 24-0 win over the Jets in the regular-season finale.

The Jets would have qualified for the playoffs with a win that night. Instead, head coach Bruce Coslet was fired afterward.

--RB Thomas Jones, who is believed to be unhappy about his contract and QB Erik Ainge (personal reasons) were not in attendance for the first day of voluntary minicamp. Although Ryan didn't specify what is going on with Ainge, he indicated he doesn't think Ainge will be gone for that long, and thinks he will have a chance to be in the quarterback competition along with Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff.

As for Jones, Ryan noted that the mini-camp is voluntary and that Jones "is volunteering not to be here." He obviously didn't sound pleased that Jones wasn't there, but said he had been in contact with him recently.

--Dallas WR Miles Austin, who played at Garfield (N.J.) High School, in the same county as the Jets' game-day home of Giants Stadium, visited the team's Florham Park complex on April 10. But the restricted free agent left without an offer sheet.

Apparently, the Jets were doing their due diligence and kicking the tires with Austin, who would be an unrestricted free agent next year if the Cowboys don't sign him to a long-term deal in the meantime. The Jets apparently decided they didn't want to give up their second-round draft choice (52nd overall), which is the compensation Dallas would have received had the Jets signed Austin to an offer sheet that the Cowboys didn't match.

--The Jets are unhappy that the NFL scheduled them for home games on consecutive Sundays, Sept. 20 and 27, in direct conflict with important religious dates on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah is Sept. 20 and Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, is Sept. 27.

The team has requested that the NFL move their Sept. 27 game against Tennessee from 4:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. so that Jewish fans will be able to get home before sundown, when religious observances commence.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're very supportive of one another. Obviously, we both want to be the guy, but you can't let your personal stuff get in the way of what has been now a two-year friendship." -- QB Kellen Clemens on his relationship with fellow QB Brett Ratliff as the two compete for the starting job.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 18, 2009

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