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Let’s get rolling with another does of Dan’s Friday Website Whispers. “Let’s get it started, let’s get it started . . .
With Mike DeVito probably out this week with a knee injury, who will the Jet start in his place?
The Jets mistakenly started Kenrick Ellis last week, who isn’t ready to start, and was out of position. He’s strictly a 3-4 nose tackle right now, not a 3-4 end or 4-3 defensive tackle (the Jets move between different fronts). He’s not quick enough or mobile enough to play anywhere but 3-4 nose tackle right now. He’s a massive cat who needs an entire off-season program to re-shape his body and get him in better condition.
Quite frankly, I have no idea what Rex was thinking starting Ellis. The Redskins went right down the field on the opening drive, and some of the runs were at Ellis.
So it looks like the Jets have come to their senses this week.
From what I could gather today, Marcus Dixon will get the start this week if his hip is okay on Sunday. Dixon had a terrific game spelling Ellis in Washington . . .
A lot of one read passes today in practice.
Like I said last week, I don’t know how this helps Sanchez for Sunday’s where often the first read isn’t open.
Not only were all the passes I saw one read today, but the defensive backs are clearly told to not knock passes away because they pull up a lot.
Sanchez will have a big challenge this week against the Kansas City Brandon’s – Carr and Flowers, one of the most underrated cornerback tandems in the league . . .
Rex was a little surprised at how few players there were on the Kansas City injury report. The Jets list is a lot longer.
But keep one thing in mind, Kansas City’s injured reserve list is like a who’s who – QB Matt Cassell, RB Jamal Charles, TE Tony Moeki and S Eric Berry – call key starters.
So while the Jets have a longer injury list this week, they are a much healthier team, all things considered . . .
Two former Jets start for the Chiefs – center Casey Weigmann and safety Jon McGraw . . .
For some reason, the Jets seem obsessed with the reception that Mark Sanchez is going to get this Sunday. It’s been a topic all week, with Rex saying he doesn’t think the fans will boo (almost lobbying for no booing by saying that a few times). Also, they plan on introducing him last, likely with some nice words about all the comebacks.
There is no way around it – Sanchez is a sensitive guy. I’m not ripping him for it – he is who he is.
I know for a fact he thought the media criticism earlier in the year was over the top.
And the booing during the introductions prior to the Buffalo game obviously bothered him.
But honestly, don’t the Jets have bigger things to worry about other than the reception Sanchez gets?
They clearly think this issue is important, perhaps because they don’t want the booing to impact his performance, which could happen to a sensitive player.
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