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Kenrick Ellis feels his sprained ankle is 90 percent healed, practiced full on Friday, and is ready to return.
But he could still be inactive.
With the Patriots playing so much spread offense, the Jets will need extra cover guys active, so the massive backup nose tackle might not make the cut this week . . .
The Jets got a huge break with Joe McKnight’s hyperextended toe healing well enough where he will be able to play on Sunday.
If McKnight couldn’t go, Rex was going to allow Mike Westhoff to use Antonio Cromartie as a kick returner.
And that probably wasn’t a good idea. The last we saw Cro doing double duty, was his tough outing in Oakland. He needs to focus on cornerback, especially against the Pats high-powered passing attack . . .
Sometimes when Tom Brady changes a play at the line, he will move from behind center for a few seconds, and he communicates the changed play to each skill position player.
This is why the Jets feel noise is so important to mess up Brady changing plays at the line . . .
The Giants did a great job last week against Brady, but it might be hard for the Jets to emulate what the Jints did.
The Football Giants used a lot of Front Four pressure to make Brady uncomfortable. The Jets have a lot of talent on defense, but don’t have the coterie of pass rush talent that the Giants possess. The Jets will have to go about their defensive business different than the Giants . . .
Jets reserve quarterback Kevin O’Connell was a Patriots draft pick, and spent two years in Foxboro. He knows Brady pretty well. So I asked him what the Jets should expect from Brady, coming off two losses.
“Tom is going to prepare like crazy this week,” O’Connell said . . .
One Jets defensive back estimates that the Pats two tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, are on the field together about 75 percent of the time . . .
Marcus Dixon had to leave the Jets-Buffalo game with a shoulder injury, but says he’s 100 percent and ready to go.
Dixon was hit by a blindside block, and suffered a neck/shoulder stinger in the second quarter.
He could have returned in the fourth quarter, but since the Jets had a big lead, the coaches and trainers decided to keep him out.
Remember, Dixon started last week for Mike DeVito (knee), who says he will return this week.
DeVito says of his right knee, “It feels good, it feels real good.”
The return of DeVito is huge for the Jets. He is one of the most underrated players in the league, and they missed him the last two weeks . . .
Watching Plaxico run routes in practice today, it didn’t look like his back was bothering him at all . . .
Special team’s whiz Isaiah Trufant (hamstring) says he’s ready to return, but isn’t sure he will be active.