Tuesday, October 8, 2013
No update on Antwan Barnes
By Matt Ehalt
Jets head coach Rex Ryan did not have an update on injured linebacker Antwan Barnes (knee), who left Monday's 30-28 win over Atlanta early. Barnes played just 18 snaps in the victory.
"He wasn't able to finish the game obviously so that doesn't look good," Ryan said during a Tuesday conference call. "I don't have the exact what that injury status is right now. Obviously tomorrow we'll have that."
Barnes, an offseason acquisition, is used in nickel packages as a situational pass-rusher. His snaps vary depending on the game plan, and he was coming off a season-low 23 snaps in the loss to Tennessee. He received the fewest snaps of the primary linebackers in three of the Jets' first four games.
FRUSTRATION FOR KELLEN: Veteran tight end Kellen Winslow played just 19 snaps Monday, while Jeff Cumberland played 35. It's the second time Cumberland has played more snaps than Winslow.
The 19 snaps marked Winslow's fewest of the year. He missed two practices this week and experiences chronic pain in his right knee.
Winslow didn't talk to reporters after the game, saying "I don't think that would be a good choice." Quarterback Geno Smith said the veteran tight end showed some frustration on the sideline during the game, but Ryan said he did not know of Winslow having any issues.
Winslow's only catch was a 1-yard touchdown.
"Obviously guys want to get out there. They want to play," Ryan said. "There is no question they want to play and be a part of it and things. The thing I will say is he made a huge catch. When we got the touchdown it was a huge play in the game and that was great to see."
SURPRISED: Ryan said he was surprised the Falcons passed on a field goal to end of the first half and instead tried for a touchdown while trailing 17-7. The Jets stopped the Falcons on a run, and it was a pivotal moment in the game.
"I was surprised because we're pretty stout there and I was surprised they didn't go with the points," Ryan said. "Mike Smith knows his football team. Who am I -- I'm not questioning the move, but you asked me a question -- I was a little surprised."
SWAPPING: The Jets switched things around at safety Monday as usual starter Antonio Allen played the fewest number of snaps he has all year while Jaiquawn Jarrett and Josh Bush logged season-highs. Allen, who has been starting alongside Dawan Landry, was replaced in the starting lineup by Jarrett.
"We are going to use our roster. There's no doubt we'll use our roster," Ryan said. "If we think we have a certain matchup, we'll go ahead and use it. Don't think that means anything less of Antonio Allen. In fact, it's just the opposite. I'm sure he'll be the starter this week and we'll go from there."
PASSING ON TWO: When the Jets took a 26-14 lead on Winslow's fourth-quarter touchdown, Ryan passed on going for two and kicked the extra point to take a 27-14 lead. Ryan said he regretted the move when Atlanta went ahead 28-27, but didn't feel he needed to go for two at that time.
"Obviously we were thinking about it, but I was like you know what it’s still too early in the fourth quarter, so let’s just take the one because a lot of things can happen," Ryan said. "But, yeah obviously when they scored I was like, 'Oh gosh, I should’ve gone for two.'"