New York Jets Relying On Backups In Denver

Many of the New York Jets backups will play a more prominent role than usual tomorrow night

You aren’t going to be at full strength for all of your games in a NFL season. Not surprisingly on a quick turnaround against the Denver Broncos, a handful of backup players will be seeing an increase of reps to compensate for a few minor injuries.

At running back, special teams ace Joe McKnight should finally see extended action due to LaDainian Tomlinson missing the game with a sprained MCL. It will be nice to see McKnight get to catch a few screens in space and receive the primary third down responsibilities. He projects as the team’s long term third down back so this is a big opportunity for him. Also at running back rookie Bilal Powell should be active for the first time and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a few handoffs, as the team will likely want a look at him when something is actually on the line.

Over at wide receiver, Jeremy Kerley and Patrick Turner will likely be game-time decisions. There is a very good chance recently signed WR Eron Riley will get to see some action against his former team. Here is what Jon Heath from www.BroncoTalk.net had to say on Riley –

Riley, 6-3, 207 pounds, is a second year player out of Duke that went undrafted in 2009.  He has loads of potential and a sick vertical leap, which compliments his impressive speed and reliable hands. I was really hoping the Broncos would activate him to the active roster because I knew somebody would sign him off Denver’s practice squad if he stayed there too long. In the preseason, Riley led the Broncos in catches (6), yards (187) and receiving touchdowns (2).

Finally on defense, Rich Cimini noted that rookie OLB Garret McIntyre was playing outside linebacker in the Jets base 3-4 defense against New England. Obviously they didn’t spend much time in their base package against the Patriots but they will be on Thursday night. Look for a ton of reps from McIntyre.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if TE Shawn Nelson was active for the first time and taking some reps from Matthew Mulligan (maybe that is just wishful thinking from me). Also if Eric Smith continues to struggle, doesn’t Emmanuel Cook deserve a look with Brodney Pool still nursing an injury?

New York Jets Saturday Notes

Will WR Eron Riley make an impact this year? Kenrick Ellis should see major playing time tomorrow and a few words on Kris Jenkins

A few notes and thoughts before the New York Jets take on San Diego tomorrow at home –

1. The team has placed WR Logan Payne on IR, ending his season. This is a somewhat surprising move as Mike Tannenbaum had recently mentioned him as being part of the team’s plans this season. However, I think the recent signing of WR Eron Riley may have had something to do with it. Jon Heath from Broncos Talk reached out to me with the following words on Riley.

“Riley, 6-3, 207 pounds, is a second year player out of Duke that went undrafted in 2009.  He has loads of potential and a sick vertical leap, which compliments his impressive speed and reliable hands.  I was really hoping the Broncos would activate him to the active roster because I knew somebody would sign him off Denver’s practice squad if he stayed there too long. In the preseason, Riley led the Broncos in catches (6), yards (187) and receiving touchdowns (2).  He also had nice rhythm with quarterback Tim Tebow.”

2. The team has also signed DT Martin Tevaseu back to their active roster. There is a chance Mike DeVito might miss tomorrow’s game and if he does it will be rookie Kenrick Ellis getting the start, but Tevaseu would also likely see a good chunk of playing time.

3. What is with Kris Jenkins recent assault on the New York Jets players and Rex Ryan? You had never had a problem with Rex when you were in his locker room and now that you are out of it, you are going to hop on the media bandwagon and start bashing him for how he acts? Give me a break.