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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Rex Report: Cold day, frigid offense

By Rich Cimini

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- In his final news conference in Cortland, Rex Ryan opened with a joke.

"That was a beautiful December day," he said, calling it the coldest training-camp day he's ever experienced.

Ryan used that as a jumping-off point to rip his offense. The weather, he said, was "almost as chilly as the offensive performance."

He's right, it was a rough day. Geno Smith threw three interceptions in team drills, plus a near-interception. Mark Sanchez almost had a shovel pass intercepted. (Bubby Brister, anyone?) There were a couple of costly dropped passes as well.

"Not a good day at all for the offense, so obviously we have to straighten at lot of things out before we play the game against Jacksonville," Ryan said. "So (I’m) disappointed. I thought we had been doing some good things out there. It was a good day for the defense, bad day for the offense. I don’t know what else to say about it."

BAD BACK: Ryan didn't seem overly concerned by Kenrick Ellis' back injury, but he learned last season to be wary of nose tackles with back issues. Sione Po'uha was a diminished player because of a serious back injury.

"I know it’s a day-to-day thing, so I’m certainly hopeful it’s not as bad as Sione," Ryan said. "That kept Sione out of a lot of training camp, so hopefully it’s not like that. To me it’s just a day-to-day type injury."

Ellis, hurt in the weight room, has missed two straight days. He rode a stationary bike during practice.

DAVID THE GOLIATH: Ryan likes what he sees so far from a slimmed-down David Harris. With Bart Scott gone, Harris may have to take on a bigger leadership role.

"He’s been fantastic," Ryan said. "I mean, he really has taken over that leadership. He’s more vocal and everyone on this team respects him. Everybody respects David Harris. And not just because he’s a good player, but he’s a true professional, and I think everybody recognizes that. DeMario [Davis] has some leadership ability of his own, but I see that he does lean on David as well."