There’s no easy way to say it: Jets left tackle Wayne Hunter got manhandled by Broncos pass-rushing stud Von Miller on Thursday night.
Miller, the hybrid rookie linebacker out of Texas A&M, who was taken second overall by Denver in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft, finished with 10 tackles (nine of them solo, three of them for losses), 1 1/2 sacks and one pass deflection in a 17-13 Broncos' victory. He also drilled quarterback Mark Sanchez four times for good measure.
“As far as Wayne Hunter was concerned, he was going up against an outstanding football player. Von Miller, I think, will be a Pro Bowl player this year. If not this year, he’ll be one next year. And that’s going to be tough on anybody,” Ryan said. “I thought Wayne, for the most part, did a nice job on him, but he did get Wayne a couple of times. There’s no question about that. [Miller’s] just an outstanding player and those things happen. It’s unfortunate, but Wayne might block him for 90 percent of the time, but the 10 percent that the guy got the better of Wayne are the ones that everybody is going to be focused on.”
Agree to disagree on that one.
Just 10 games into his career, the 22-year-old Miller has 9 1/2 sacks, 48 tackles and three forced fumbles.
Don’t get the Canton bust ready just yet. But it never hurts to start early.
Injury updates? Injury updates? Do you have any injury updates?
“Not really,” Ryan said. In his defense, his team was just getting in for Friday corrections.
“With [Shonn] Greene, obviously he has some ribs. I’m not sure. He came out there like he was going to try to go back in. Again, I don’t know the extent of his injury. I know [Mark] Sanchez, obviously, was beat up pretty good.”
Tremendous trio: Ryan said Muhammad Wilkerson, Mike DeVito and Sione Pouha -- the three down-linemen in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme -- played phenomenal football on Thursday night.
“That entire front was tremendous. I think that’s the best our front three has played since I’ve been here. They absolutely dominated the inside running game.”
The Broncos ended up with 125 yards on 34 carries for a respectable 3.7 average. Mind you, 57 of those yards were attained by read-option passer Tim Tebow on six carries during the final drive. Running backs Willis McGahee and Lance Ball were held to a combined 36 yards on 17 carries. Now that’s impressive.