Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis sat out practice Friday with a knee ailment, but coach Rex Ryan said he’ll play in the AFC championship game against the Steelers.
Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said Brad Smith “absolutely” will return kicks Sunday night — barring a setback — after missing the game against the Patriots with a strained groin.
Jason Taylor has sat out the team’s first practice in preparation for the AFC championship game at Pittsburgh, but has been cleared by doctors to play Sunday night.
Jets backup cornerback Drew Coleman and wide receiver Brad Smith are listed as questionable because of injuries before the playoff game at New England.
Jets kick returner Brad Smith led the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average and had one TD during December and January.
Another loss and maybe the legend of the “Same Old Jets” would have continued. But after back-to-back losses that sent them reeling, New York came up big in Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Steelers.
Rex Ryan is standing by Mark Sanchez, despite nearly pulling the struggling quarterback against Miami on Sunday.
The Jets believe Brad Smith can do anything when he has the ball in his hands. And in his four-plus seasons with New York, the versatile wide receiver pretty much has.
It’s at about this time during any NFL season when many Jets fans get really nervous. It’s December, after all. Either the end is near or the true beginning is just around the corner. With this franchise you never know, but this year feels a lot different.
The scene is now set for a first place showdown with the Patriots a week from Monday night up in Foxborough.
In baseball parlance they’re called utility players. In football they are called Brad Smith, except that Smith would hit .300 every year instead of the .270 expected of Luis Sojo.
Brad Smith, the Jets’ Mr. Everything, scored on an 89-yard kickoff return during which he lost his left shoe and also had a 53-yard touchdown run in New York’s 26-10 victory over Cincinnati.
If you didn’t bring a mask with you to the new Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday, by around the middle of the third quarter you probably wished you had. Because it was at about that point that the Jets showed they still know how to live in the past.
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams keeps making big impressions with his coaches, and his development bodes well for a franchise that’s been missing depth at the position.
It’s a warning teams across the NFL repeatedly refuse to heed: when in doubt, do not, under any circumstances, kick the ball to Brad Smith. Yet, time and again, Smith somehow gets his hands on the pigskin and something game-changing goes down.