Rex report: WR corps is M.A.S.H unit
August, 16, 2012
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Add a new injury to the Jets' already banged-up receiving corps: Rookie Jordan White developed knee swelling and might not play Saturday night against the Giants.
"I was feeling good about him and then his knee swells up," Rex Ryan said Thursday in his final Cortland news conference. "That group over there is a M.A.S.H unit, there's no doubt about that."
To recap: Santonio Holmes (rib), Jeremy Kerley (hamstring) and Chaz Schilens (ankle) are out, leaving Patrick Turner, rookie Stephen Hill and Dexter Jackson as their top receivers.
Other notes from Ryan:
HAPPY WITH TIM: Ryan said he's happy with Tim Tebow's progress despite an awful practice on Thursday. He said Tebow completed about 60 to 65 percent of his passes in camp, an improvement from the spring OTAs and minicamp.
"I think Tim's doing a good job as a personal protector (on the punt team), and with the quarterback stuff we have him doing and some Wildcat things," Ryan said. "I think Tim's doing well."
STILL SMARTS: The Jets will face the Giants for the first time since their Christmas Eve debacle, a crushing loss that included a 99-yard touchdown reception by Victor Cruz. The Week 16 loss basically ended the Jets' season.
"There are a lot of things you'd like to erase in your memory, but that unfortunately will stay in there," Ryan said. "That one stung, no question about it."
HURTS SO BAD: The biggest question surrounding the team as they break camp is its health. Ryan said "it's frustrating for everyone. ... We have to get guys healthy." Injuries aren't bad unless you get hit at one position, and that has happened to the Jets -- wide receiver.
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Ryan said the starters will play the first half, listing RG Brandon Moore as an exception. Look for Vladimir Ducasse to replace him in the second quarter.
"He's as tough as a mule," Ryan said of Moore, "but sometimes you want to back those guys down a bit and just be smart." Ryan said the rest has nothing to do with Moore's double-hip surgeries from last season.
The Jets used a vanilla game plan in last week's opener; don't expect it to be much different. "Maybe vanilla ice cream and some sprinkles on it," he said.
JEFF, WHO?: Ryan declined to comment on the team's interest in former Florida RB Jeff Demps: "I really don't want to talk about him. I know Mike Tannenbaum is on top of any available player."
WORDS OF WISDOM: When practice was over, Ryan gathered the team for several minutes on the field. Did he deliver a fiery, end-of-camp speech? Did he issue a stern warning, making sure they stay out of trouble upon leaving the structured enviroment of training camp? Nah, it was nothing like that. He simply reviwed logistical matters -- dorm check-out, travel, packing equipment.
"I'm sorry, I don't have anything good," he said, laughing.
Players and coaches are scheduled to leave Friday night. They were scheduled to stay Thursday night for the annual rookie show.
FAREWELL, CORTLAND: Ryan thanked the school, the city and the people of Cortland for hosting them for the third time in four years. The Jets are under contract to return next summer.