Friday, January 14, 2011
Kris Jenkins previews Jets-Patriots III
New York Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins can't play Sunday. He suffered a season-ending knee injury six plays into the Jets' opening game.
But he has been around the NFL and the Jets long enough to have plenty of opinions on how his healthy teammates can beat the New England Patriots on Sunday in Gillette Stadium.
Jenkins appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and gave his key bullet points:
- Control time of possession and keep Tom Brady off the field.
- Pressure Brady when he's in the game.
- Establish the run.
"All of these things center around the offensive line and defensive line," Jenkins said, "and in order for us to get the things accomplished that we need to get accomplished, that battle's going to have to be won up front."
Jenkins also refuted the notion Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis should guard Wes Welker the entire game because the Patriots have too many other weapons Revis will need to monitor.
"Revis can take one person out of a game, and I'll say I do feel confident he can do that," Jenkins said. "However, you have the two tight ends. You have Danny Woodhead. ... You have to win your matchups.
"Brady's going to make some plays. We can't miss tackles. And while we might not sack Brady, still, getting pressure in his face, clouding his vision and not allowing him to step up and follow through with his throws in the pocket. We need everything we can to disrupt this. ... We have to make sure we make him as uncomfortable as possible."