HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Only a preseason game? The New York Jets don't think that way.
They took a chippy approach last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, and they appear to have the same mindset as they prepare for the New York Giants. A quote by rookie running back Andre Williams, who said the Giants are "the real New York team," has resonated with the Jets, who don't need much to set them off.
"We'll answer his remarks tomorrow," guard Willie Colon said Thursday night after a special practice at Hofstra, his alma mater.
Asked if he wishes he could play defense, to get a crack at Williams, Colon smiled.
"That's why I've got Snacks and a top defense to have that conversation with him," said Colon, referring to nose tackle Damon Harrison, who tweeted Wednesday that he's looking forward to seeing "Mr. Williams" on Friday night.
Even though the game doesn't count, the Jets need to clean up their penalty-prone ways. Against the Bengals, they were called for seven personal fouls, trying to show their opponent they're not the same team that lost by 40 points last season in Cincinnati. Rex Ryan said they didn't want to be "a punching bag."
You could see Jets-Giants going down that same path.
"At the end of the day, that's our house and we consider it our house," Colon said. "There's only one way to solve it. That's to win it and beat them."
The tough talk comes off as silly in the preseason, but the Jets are trying to establish an attitude.
"It's going to be a physical game, that's what we want," Ryan said. "Believe me, when the Giants and Jets play, there's extra energy. It's a physical game. It's not chippy, it's physical. That's what the fans can look forward to on both sides."
Said Colon: "We're a chippy team by nature. The bottom line is, anytime we step on the field, we take everything seriously. We play to compete and win."