First a few updates:
1. Well you don’t have to worry about the Jets being jinxed by pre-season expectations. They were the consensus pick to finish in last place by all of ESPN’s “experts” and are also currently ranked #23 in their NFL Power Rankings, behind the Seahawks, 49ers, Bills, Redskins, and Texans. But, hey that’s why they play the game right?
2. The Jets added Danny Woodhead to their practice squad today and released Jehuu Caulcrick off it.
3. On the active roster, the Jets signed linebacker Ryan Fowler who played for the Titans the past few seasons, including starting 16 games for them 2 years ago and released fullback Jason Davis.
4. Mike DeVito didn’t practice today but is still expected to go on Sunday, as well is Shonn Greene who is recovering from a variety of injuries. Sione Pouha ran with the first team in practice today, with Kris Jenkins sliding out to defensive end for some looks when paired with Pouha.
Jets vs. Texans: First Look
The Opponent: The Houston Texans have been 8-8 the past two seasons, and are a trendy pick to take the step to the next level in 2009 and become a legitimate playoff contender. Their offense is expected to be one of the NFL’s best but they have a ton of question marks on defense, making them the complete opposite of the Jets who have the reverse problem. Over the past two seasons, the Texans are 12-4 at home and have generally been difficult to beat in their building since coming into the league. The latest lines I saw have them as 4-5 point favorites over the Jets. Regardless, the Jets must get this game. They don’t want to be heading home to play the Pats and Titans, teams with a combined record of 24-6 last year, as a 0-1 team.
Houston Texans Starters/Key Reserves
- Quarterback: Matt Schaub – 3,043 passing yards, 15 TD’s, 10 INT’s, 92.7 QB Rating
- Running Back: Steve Slaton – 1,282 rushing yards, 9 TD’s, 377 receiving yards, 1 TD
- #2 Running Back – Chris Brown – DNP
- Fullback: Vonta Leach – 12 receptions, 103 yards
- Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson – 115 receptions, 1575 yards, 8 TD’s
- Wide Receiver: Kevin Walter – 60 receptions, 899 yards, 8 TD’s
- Wide Receiver: David Anderson – 19 receptions, 241 yards, 2 TD’s
- Wide Receiver: Andre Davis – 13 receptions, 213 yards
- Tight End: Owen Daniels – 70 receptions, 862 yards, 2 TD’s
- #2 Tight End: Joel Dressen – 11 receptions, 77 yards, 1 TD
- Left Tackle: Duane Brown
- Left Guard: Chester Pitts
- Center: Chris Meyers
- Right Guard: Mike Brisel
- Right Tackle: Eric Winston
- Defensive End: Antonio Smith
- Defensive Tackle: DelJuan Robinson – 28 tackles, 6 TFL’s
- Defensive Tackle: Amobi Okoye – 24 tackles, 1 sack
- Defensive End: Mario Williams – 53 tackles, 12 Sacks
- Middle Linebacker: DeMeco Ryans – 112 tackles, 4 TFL’s, 1 sack
- Outside Linebacker: Xavier Adibi – 35 tackles
- Outside Linebacker: Brian Cushing – 1st round draft pick
- Corner: Jacques Reeves – 52 tackles, 4 INT’s
- Corner: Fred Bennett – 43 tackles, 2 INT’s
- Safety: Dominique Barber – 15 tackles
- Safety: Eugene Wilson – 63 tackles, 2 INT’s
- Kicker: Kris Brown
- Punter: Matt Turk
- Kick Return: Jacoby Jones
- Punt Return: Andre Davis
Key Players: Matt Schaub is a dangerous quarterback when he is healthy. He has a strong arm and can get the ball down the field. Andre Johnson is arguably the best receiver in football. Kevin Walter is an underrated player and a very good number two option, who caught more touchdowns than anyone on the Jets last year. Owen Daniels is a pro-bowl tight end. Steve Slaton is an explosive player, who averaged almost 5 yards per carry last season, although he did lose 3 fumbles. DeMeco Ryans is one of the best linebackers in football. Mario Williams is a top flight pass rusher. Houston coaches have been raving about rookie Brian Cushing at outside linebacker.
Jets Injury Concerns: Mike DeVito is a little banged up but expected to start for Shaun Ellis (suspension) and rotate defensive line reps with Sione Pouha, Marques Douglas, and Kris Jenkins. Shonn Greene is nursing sore ribs and a sore hamstring but should be active as the #3 RB. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemens has a sore elbow, but will be the #2 QB on Sunday.
Early Story Lines: Rex Ryan’s first game as a Head Coach…rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez’s first start…Darrelle Revis vs Andre Johnson…Texans look to justify pre-season expectations…expected great defense (Jets) vs expected great offense (Texans).
I’m glad we got Darrelle Revis