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1. The Jets have signed defensive tackle Howard Green, to help fill the gap left by Kris Jenkins. Green was a decent role player for the Jets last season.
2. In a somewhat surprising move, the Jets cut WR/RB Danny Woodhead and brought back David Clowney. Why would the Jets sign a vertical threat at receiver when they never throw the ball over 5 yards?
The Opponent: The defending AFC East champions and bitter rival of the Jets, New England is coming off a very, very impressive 38-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite questions about their running game and youth on defense, the Patriots are equipped to have arguably the best passing offense in the NFL. Tom Brady isn’t coming off major surgery anymore, Wes Welker looks 100 percent back from his injury, rookie tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski have been impressive, along with second year receiver Brandon Tate, and of course there is that Moss guy. However, New England can be beat through the air and did allow Carson Palmer to throw for 345 yards last week. Unfortunately, it appears the Jets haven’t mastered the forward pass yet.
New England Starters/Key Reserves
- Quarterback: Tom Brady – 25/35, 258 yards, 3 TDs
- Running Back: Fred Taylor – 14 carries, 71 yards
- Running Back: Kevin Faulk – 3 carries, 23 yards
- Running Back: Sammy Morris – 1 carry, 2 yards
- Running Back: BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 5 carries, 22 yards
- Wide Receiver: Randy Moss – 5 receptions, 59 yards
- Wide Receiver: Wes Welker – 8 receptions, 64 yards, 2 TDs
- Wide Receiver: Brandon Tate – 4 receptions, 36 yards
- Tight End: Aaron Hernandez – 1 reception, 45 yards
- Tight End: Rob Gronkowski – 1 reception, 1 yard, 1 TD
- Left Tackle: Matt Light
- Left Guard: Dan Connolly
- Center: Dan Koppen
- Right Guard: Stephen Neal
- Right Tackle: Sebastian Vollmer
- Defensive End: Gerard Warren
- Nose Tackle: Vince Wilfork – 3 tackles
- Defensive End: Mike Wright
- Outside Linebacker: Rob Ninkovich – 4 tackles
- Inside Linebacker: Gary Guyton – 2 tackles, 1 INT
- Inside Linebacker: Jerod Mayo – 12 tackles
- Outside Linebacker: Tully Banta-Cain – 2 tackles, .5 sacks
- Corner: Devin McCourty – 5 tackles
- Corner: Darius Butler – 8 tackles
- Safety: Patrick Chung – 16 tackles
- Safety: Brandon Merriweather – 7 tackles
- Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski – 1/3 FGs
- Punter: Zoltan Mesko – 43 yards per punt
- Kick Return: Brandon Tate – 46.0 per return, 1 TD
- Punt Return: Brandon Tate – 1 for 4 yards
Key Players – Wes Welker has killed the Jets every time he has played against them. They might have Darrelle Revis to stop Randy Moss, but they need somebody else to stop Welker…how about a double team, Rex? Jerod Mayo is New England’s top linebacker and Vince Wilfork is a monster at nose tackle. Tom Brady is obviously Tom Brady.
Injuries – The Jets will still be without Calvin Pace, while Sione Pouha steps in the starting lineup for the rest of 2010 for Kris Jenkins. Brodney Pool should be back at safety. Julian Edelman missed week one with a foot injury.
Key Storylines – Must win for the Jets to avoid falling 0-2 and two games behind the Patriots…Darrelle Revis vs. Randy Moss…Can Mark Sanchez, Brian Schottenheimer and the Jets offense figure out how to get a first down…Who will stop Wes Welker.
Highlights of Patriots Week One Win