Jets 21, Eagles 17: Jets Win Preseason Finale

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Ryan: 'Joe McKnight's Got To Hold On to The Football'

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan ripped into rookie running back Joe McKnight after the fourth-round selection fumbled Thursday night for the third time in the preseason.

“Joe McKnight’s got to hold on to the football,’’ Ryan said after his team beat the Eagles, 21-17, to finish 2-2 on the preseason. “That was disappointing. Here’s a guy (McKnight) that’s on the bubble of making the active roster and I don’t have confidence in him. I don’t see how he can make the active roster. That’s how I feel about it.’’

Wow! “I don’t have confidence in him” is pretty direct. With Saturday being cut down day for NFL teams to reach the 53-man roster limit I would keep my bags packed if I was McKnight.

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Brunell Hits Holmes For Game-Winner

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Mark Brunell’s 51-yard touchdown throw to Santonio Holmes shortly into the fourth quarter put the Jets in front, and New York held on for a 21-17 victory over the Eagles in the team’s final preseason game.

Holmes made four catches for 97 yards on a night when most starters for both teams did not play. Brunell started for New York and completed 11-of-17 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, while Kellen Clemens was 7-of-13 for 70 yards.

Danny Woodhead added 45 rushing yards and a score for the Jets, who went 2-2 in the preseason and open their 2010 season by hosting a Monday night contest, September 13, against Baltimore.

Michael Vick started at quarterback for the Eagles and attempted five passes, completing three for 56 yards. Rookie Mike Kafka got the majority of playing time under center and completed only 9-of-27 passes for 76 yards, and was intercepted once.

Kurt Coleman returned two fumbles for touchdowns for the Eagles, who also went 2-2 in the preseason. They begin the season September 12 at home against Green Bay.

Philadelphia gained just 184 yards and did not score in the second half.

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Jets Preview: Mark Sanchez Bears Burden Of Expectations

The New York Jets have Super Bowl expectations this season, and Jets fans know how that has worked out for them in the past.

Seasoned Jets fans know to have their guard up when expectations are high. Something always seems to go wrong. With that said, this is the most talented roster we have seen in a while. The front office has great faith in its head coach to bring together a locker room full of personalilities with good reason. If [Mark] Sanchez matures to the point where the Jets have even a middle of the road passing game, the [Darrelle] Revis situation ends in contract peace, and the team avoids the injury bug, they might just make good on those big expectations.

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Hip Injury Affecting Antonio Cromartie?

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie is reportedly fighting a hip injury, and there is speculation that an injury which caused him to have a poor 2008 season has resurfaced.

Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News reports that Cromartie was icing his hip after practice on Tuesday, and that coach Rex Ryan downplayed the condition in his daily press conference.

“I figured I’d float it out there, ‘Now they need Revis more than ever,’” Ryan said. “Cromartie missed two plays of team period.”

During the offseason, Cromartie missed some reps during minicamp practices due to a “fatigued” hip. But it was the left hip, not the right hip.

This time, it’s the right hip. And it’s the right hip that was fractured in 2008.

If Cromartie were to be limited that would be another blow to a Jets defense already without holdout cornerback Darrelle Revis and injured linebacker Calvin Pace.

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