Wednesday's practice was a physical one for the New York Jets, with Head Coach Rex Ryan describing it as a "Man's day." The Jets continue to be optimistic about their injured players improving health-wise, and the bye week allowed everyone to rest up, allowing the team to open it up for more physicality today ahead of their game with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Ryan also gave some insight into the team's plans for the game against the Bills.
The best news of the day for the Jets is that Nick Mangold was a participant in a Wednesday practice for the first time in weeks. He has been able to play the past three games, but his participation in practice suggest he is just about fully recovered from his high ankle sprain. Coach Ryan is also cautiously optimistic that Mike DeVito will play after missing the game against the San Diego Chargers with a knee injury. DeVito was put through a tough workout by the strength and conditioning staff today, so Ryan expects his knee to be sore tomorrow. Still, he is hopeful DeVito and Kenrick Ellis will practice tomorrow. David Harris, Calvin Pace and Isaiah Trufant were limited in practice today. Ryan said that practice squad wide receiver Scotty McKnight, who was placed on the practice squad injured reserve yesterday, tore his ACL making a catch in practice.
Joe McKnight was given his first real opportunity to play last season against the Bills in the regular season finale, and played pretty well. Ryan said today in his press conference that McKnight might see the ball more on Sunday:
"I can see us using him a little more this week." Ryan said.
It's overdue for McKnight to see the ball more. He's earned his way by producing on special teams as a returner, and the Jets could use his speed in threatening the edge running the ball. Look for him to also see some time split out as a receiver, and probably be targeted for a few screen passes.
Ryan also commented that he would like to see Santonio Holmes catch some more passes and declined to comment on the issues with the upcoming schedule in regards to the quick turnaround after the New England Patriots game. He joked that he didn't want to read the headline: "Ryan Blasts Commissioner."
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