Most experts also had the Jets penciled in as 3-6 heading into their bye. Muhammad Wilkerson and Co. obviously had other ideas, beating two of the three first-place teams they faced during the hardest part of their schedule.
The Jets graduated Sunday. They beat a good Saints team, led by a good quarterback in Drew Brees, 26-20, through timely offense and fantastic defense.
Now, everyone will be talking about the curious call in overtime that secured New York’s win over New England. But that doesn’t even happen without Ryan’s halftime adjustments.
Wilkerson was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, while Coples was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. Both were surprised at the fines, especially since no penalties were called on the field.
Jake Locker was having his way with the Jets, throwing three touchdown passes, before going down with 11:14 left in the third quarter.
The New York Jets’ outside linebacker will make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, a month after having surgery on his fractured right ankle. Coples was listed as probable on the team’s injury report Friday.
New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley fully participated in practice Wednesday after he missed the team’s game at New England last Thursday with a concussion.
Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis and Jets’ wide receiver Santonio Holmes are active for Sunday’s opening game.
The New York Jets announced that wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tackle Kenrick Ellis are listed as questionable ahead of Sunday’s home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Jets best wide receiver should be ready to take on Darrelle Revis at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.
“I still don’t know,” Holmes said Wednesday. “Still haven’t gotten any word from the doctors yet on whether I should be playing or not, so I’m just going to keep playing it by ear.”
Sure, the Jets have a handful of new faces. And, yes, there are a couple of injuries to deal with. But none of that is keeping Ryan from issuing a bold prediction: The Jets will rank among the top five defenses in the NFL this season.
Jets linebacker Quinton Coples will be sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury,. Coach Rex Ryan says veteran Garrett McIntyre will take his place on the starting defense.
The team did not announce the nature of the injury, but it is believed to be a hairline fracture.
Darrelle Revis is long gone. So is Tim Tebow. And so are several other players from last year’s dismal Jets team. It’s time to start fresh at Camp Cortland.