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Safety Jim Leonhard took offense to the way the New York Jets crowd treated his teammate Mark Sanchez on Sunday. The quarterback was booed during pregame introductions, and Leonhard told WFAN the bad reception irked him.
"I think we have a great crowd," Leonhard said during a weekly radio visit with WFAN 660. "I think probably for one of the first times, I was kind of disappointed. Our starting quarterback gets booed in introductions. ... That's frustrating when ... as players, you kind of turn to each other and say, 'You know what? I guess we're in this one today by ourselves. We can't rely on the crowd to give us that energy because it's already started off on a bad note.'
"So I will say that this past weekend was really the first time that I've been kind of frustrated going into a game, which is bad." ...
"We're all frustrated. It's not just you guys," Leonhard said. "The players are frustrated as well. The coaches are frustrated. The only way we can right some of these wrongs is by going out and winning games. We just want that crowd to have our back, which we know they do. But (if) they're not going to give us the benefit of the doubt sometimes, we got to go out there and prove it week in and week out at home as well."
Sanchez did his part to make the boos go away, throwing for four touchdowns as New York escaped with a pivotal 28-24 win.
Here is the full text of the press conference held by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan after his team defeated the Buffalo Bills Sunday, 28-14.
We’ll take it. Wow. You have to give our guys a lot of credit. That wasn’t an easy game by any stretch of the imagination. Both teams knew they would get the other’s best shot. I absolutely love the way our guys responded. We really have to credit our offensive line. The protection was tremendous, especially when we had to have it in the second half. Mark (Sanchez) was so poised back there and made some huge plays. When you look at his numbers in the second half – 9-of-15 for 114 yards and two TD’s, a 123.0 quarterback rating – that was big time. We always say that he’s at his best in big moments, and you certainly can’t get a bigger moment than the one we had today. Tone (Santonio Holmes) showed up on ‘Tone Time,’ but I really couldn’t be happier about the way the offensive line performed. They did a tremendous job.
Obviously, the way we were able to run the football. Shonn (Greene) averaged close to six yards a carry, which was tremendous. Defensively, the one thing we can say is that we finished. It might not have been the prettiest way, but we did finish. I’ll take that every day of the week. We get a lead, and (then) we had to close it out, and we did. At the end, we gave up some things, but Buffalo is a tough, scrappy team. They’re well-coached. Chan Gailey does a tremendous job with that group. He had a nice game plan and has some good players over there. They have a nice system. We knew it was going to be a dog fight, and it certainly was.
On Jets Antonio Cromartie returning a punt…
Jimmy (Jim Leonhard) got the wind knocked out of him. He tackled a guy, got hit in the ribs and had the wind knocked out of him, so that’s why he wasn’t back there returning.
On Jets Placixo Burress third-down catch on game-winning drive and Buffalo WR Stevie
Johnson’s dropped touchdown on final drive…
I don’t know if (Johnson’s drop) is going for a touchdown, but in that area, you’re giving up some things. You’re giving up the slants, but obviously you want to make some tackles there. The middle of the field is something that you give up, but I don’t think he’s going in for a touchdown there. I don’t agree with that.
As far as the catch Plax made – I don’t know how many receivers in the league are going to make that catch now that (former Philadelphia WR Harold) Carmichael isn’t playing for the Eagles anymore. He was about 6’9", but the way he (Burress) went up and made a ridiculous one-handed catch and got both feet in bounds, that was a tremendous effort. Both of those receivers (Burress and Holmes) kept going and kept playing hard. I’m really proud of both of those receivers.
On the poise shown by Jets Mark Sanchez…
That’s who he is. He’s a stud. Sanchize. The first half wasn’t the best half, but we knew if we just hung in there…we have complete faith in Mark. He’s done it before. I think he’s had more fourth-quarter comebacks over the last two years than any other quarterback in the league. That speaks enough about Mark.
On whether today’s game had a ‘playoff feel’ to it…
There’s no doubt. You have to win. You have to beat those AFC teams. We understand that. They understood that, and that’s why we got their best shot. That’s why we gave them our best shot. We’re fortunate. That’s a good football team. They’re well-coached. That was a huge victory for us, and now we have two wins over Buffalo, a team that we could see at the end right there with us in the playoff run.
On the yards allowed on first down by the Jets defense…
I’m not going to get into specifics and things, but it wasn’t necessarily a surprise that they were able to complete some of those passes for short yardage. They were in front of the sticks, so we’ll accept some of those things.
On whether he saw Bills Johnson’s touchdown celebration and if it motivated the team…
I never saw it, but I’m glad he did it.
On whether today’s win was a pivotal point in the season…
We just need to win. It doesn’t matter if it’s pivotal, pretty, ugly or whatever. We’ll take it. This part of the season, you have to win. We wanted to win those games we lost previously, but it never happened. We have to look forward. Any time that we spend dwelling on what’s happened in the past is not productive. It’s straight ahead, no fair dodging.
On whether he thought Burress was aware of Johnson’s touchdown celebration… I don’t know what he did on the sidelines. You’ll have to ask Plax because I have no idea.
On being told what Johnson did…
Oh, did he really? (long pause) Well, I have no comment.
On competition between Jets Darrelle Revis and Johnson…
I don’t necessarily know that he got the best of Revis. Revis gave up a touchdown. It’s the first time that’s happened all season. He’s human. He’s still way better than any corner in football – head and shoulders better. I’m not going to say that the kid got the best of him. He had 75 yards receiving. I don’t want to say anything that we did or whatever, but I’ll give the young man credit. He made some great catches. I think the guy is a great talent, but he never got the better of Revis.
On the significance of Burress catch on the Jets final drive…
It was huge. We were going to have to kick. We were going to have to launch that field goal from 50- something yards, which I think our guy (Nick Folk) is going to make. While I think Folk could make it, now it allows you to go for the win. Your big-time players make big plays in big moments and look at that play. Like I said before, there are very few guys in this league who are going to make that catch. We’re fortunate to have Plax and it was a great effort. Then to follow it up, such poise from Mark, who found room and made a huge throw to Santonio in the end for a touchdown. I’m sitting back going, ‘Run it, run it, run it…or throw it for a touchdown!’ (laughter) So we’ll take it.
On whether Sanchez still makes him nervous…
The only time I get nervous is when he doesn’t get up. That’s what makes me nervous.
On Jets Mike DeVito’s knee injury…
I’m not real sure. I don’t know about that right now.
On how important it was to tie the game at the end of the first half…
You know it’s going to be a dogfight, so everything you can get is critical. Obviously, that was big.
Stevie Johnson’s mocking of Plaxico Burress by pretending to shoot himself after the Buffalo Bills wide receiver scored a touchdown Sunday against the New York Jets drew a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Johnson was regretful after the Bills lost, 28-24.
Johnson called his celebration “stupid.”
It was very stupid of me going through that and I feel like I cost our team the win by doing that. It was a bad decision. It’s irrelevant whether or not I rehearsed it or not. At the end of the day, it cost our team seven points. I have to apologize to everyone and talk to coach. I can’t be doing that. I need to be mature about the situation.
Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said Johnson exercised “bad judgment.”
I don’t think he’s a bad person ,whatsoever. I think he’s a good person. I think he has some bad judgment at critical times. I’ve got to help him get over that. We cannot have that. It hurts our football team.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson celebrated a second-quarter touchdown catch against the New York Jets on Sunday by pretending to shoot himself in the leg during his touchdown dance, obviously mocking Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress.
The Jets got the last laugh on Johnson and the Bills, though, in a 28-24 victory. Two of Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's last three passes of the game were intended for Johnson, and both were incomplete in the Jets end zone.
The first one was a ball slightly behind a wide open Johnson. Prior to that, a wide-open Johnson had dropped a pass from Fitzpatrick that would have gone for a huge gain, and possibly a touchdown.
Johnson did catch eight passes for 75 yards and one touchdown, often defended by Darrelle Revis. The one he could not catch, though, ended up shooting down the Bills.
A 16-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Santonio Holmes with just 1:01 to go in regulation Sunday helped the New York Jets escape with a 28-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The Jets improve to 6-5 overall and are now right back into the thick of the AFC playoff race, while the Bills' postseason dreams are all but over.
Holmes' fifth touchdown catch of the season capped a 12-play, 82-yard drive, which featured two third-down situations that were converted. The most important coming on a 3-and-11 from the Bills' 36-yard line when Sanchez floated a pass to wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who used all of his 6-foot-5 frame to snag the ball out of the air for a 18-yard gain. Two plays later, Holmes was wide open in the corner of the end zone.
On its final possession of the game, Buffalo (5-6) marched inside the Jets' 30-yard line, but its final attempts to win the game failed. Buffalo took a 24-21 lead after field goal kicker Dave Rayner nailed a 53-yard field goal with 9:46 to play.
Sanchez, who completed just 17-0f-35 passes for just 180 yards, didn't put together his best performance of the season, but he did finish the game with four touchdown passes. Tight end Dustin Keller caught four passes, two of them for touchdowns, for team-best 64 yards. Starting running back Shonn Greene ran for a game-best 78 yards on 13 carries.
A 36-yard touchdown reception by Buffalo Bills wide receiver Brad Smith from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has helped the Bills and New York Jets enter the fourth quarter of an AFC East showdown at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ tied at 21. Smith's first touchdown catch of the season came a play after Jets punt returner, Antonio Cromartie, muffed a punt, which was recovered by Buffalo at its own 36-yard line.
Earlier in the third quarter, an 18-yard touchdown reception by tight end Dustin Keller from quarterback Mark Sanchez gave the Jets a one-score lead, 21-14, over the Bills. Keller's touchdown was his second of the day and capped a solid eight-play, 80-yard drive that ended with 3:58 to go in the third.
The second half began with Buffalo driving into New York territory, but its march stalled at the 41-yard line when it couldn't convert on third-and-7. The Bills punted and then the Jets drove down the field to score their third touchdown of the day.
The Bills will begin the fourth quarter with the ball.
A 14-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Plaxico Burress from quarterback Mark Sanchez has helped the New York Jets end the first half in a 14-14 tie with the Buffalo Bills in an AFC showdown at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Burress' seventh touchdown of the season came with just 1:08 to play in the second quarter and capped a short four-play, 36-yard drive that started in Buffalo territory because of a muffed kickoff.
The score also answered a touchdown drive by the Bills, who took a 14-7 advantage when wide receiver Stevie Johnson caught a five-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with 2:09 to go in the first half. On the ensuing kickoff, Bills kicker Dave Rayner nailed a Jets' upman, and the Bills recovered the ball.
Just about three minutes into the second quarter, the Jets, who trailed 7-0 after the first quarter, got on the scoreboard as tight end Dustin Keller caught a three-yard pass from quarterback Mark Sanchez. Kellar's second touchdown of the season ended a 10-play, 78-yard drive that began late in the first quarter and helpd tie the game at 7-7 with 12:07 to go in the half.
An eight-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver David Nelson from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has helped the Buffalo Bills take an early advantage over the New York Jets, who will begin the second quarter trailing, 7-0. The winner of this AFC East showdown will improve to 6-5 overall and improve their AFC playoff chances.
Nelson's fourth touchdown of the season, so far his only catch of the day, capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive that ended with 1:41 to play in the first. So far, the Bills offense has totaled 94 yards and has converted four first downs.
Meanwhile, the Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez are struggling to find a rhythm offensively. Currently, Sanchez has completed just 1-of-5 passes for three yards. The Jets have just one first down.
The Jets, who are trying to bounce back from a Week 11 loss to the Denver Broncos, will begin the second quarter with the ball near midfield.
The New York Jets will be looking for a season sweep of the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon in a AFC East match up (1 p.m. on CBS) and New York will need to do it without veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson and wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who were each on the inactive list, released before the game. New York will also be without defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. Meanwhile, the Bills are without its best defensive back, safety George Wilson.
Here are the Jets inactives:
The Bills are also very banged up, here are their inactives:
The New York Jets host the Buffalo Bills Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Here's how you can find the game on television and on your radio dial.
The New York Jets may be without wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and running back laDainian Tomlinson Sunday when they face the Buffalo Bills in a key AFC East match-up. Both players are listed as questionable on the official Friday injury report. Neither player was able to practice for the Jets.
NEW YORK JETS
KR Jeremy Kerley (knee), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (knee)
DT Mike Devito (knee), DT Marcus Dixon (shoulder), DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle), T D’Brickashaw Ferguson (ankle), RB Shonn Greene (rib), LB David Harris (groin), T Wayne Hunter (hamstring), C Nick Mangold (ankle), TE Matthew Mulligan (hip), LB Calvin Pace (groin), S Brodney Pool (knee), RB Bilal Powell (illness), QB Mark Sanchez (neck), G Matt Slauson (knee)
RB Fred Jackson (fibula), WR Donald Jones (ankle), K Rian Lindell (shoulder), CB Terrence McGee (knee), WR Naaman Roosevelt (shoulder), S George Wilson (neck)
T Demetrius Bell (shoulder), WR Steve Johnson (shoulder), WR David Nelson (illness)
It's a battle of 5-5 teams as the New York Jets play host to the Buffalo Bills this Sunday at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The New York Jets have signed tackle Austin Howard from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. The announcement was made by General Manager Mike Tannenbaum.
Howard, 6-foot-7, 333 pounds, was signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad Sept. 6 after being waived by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 3. He spent the 2010 season with Philadelphia and played four games, starting one, after being signed as an undrafted free agent, April 25, 2010. At Northern Iowa, Howard twice earned Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference honors and was named to the 2009 Football Coaches Association’s FCS All-America team.
The Jets had released tight end Shawn Nelson earlier in the week. Nelson was signed in September after he was released by the Buffalo Bills. He did not appear in any games for the Jets.
— See Gang Green Nation for complete coverage of the Jets, who take on Buffalo in a critical game as both teams try to stay in the playoff race.
The New York Jets are preparing for a big divisional clash with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Both teams are sitting at .500 and trying to get back into the playoff hunt. The Jets had some important players miss practice again today.
The Jets released lists of players who were either limited in practice or who did not practice at all.
Here's the list of the Jets players who did not participate in practice:
The following Jets players only saw limited action in practice:
Tomlinson could be a game time decision. Jets' head coach Rex Ryan said that both Kerley and Tomlinson are doing better (both have MCL injuries) and hope to practice Friday (via Jenny Vrentas' twitter). Powell has missed his second practice due to illness.
New York Jets
Did Not Participate in Practice
WR Jeremy Kerley Knee
RB Bilal Powell Illness
RB LaDainian Tomlinson Knee
Limited Participation in Practice
TE Matt Mulligan Hip
OL Matt Slauson Knee
Did Not Participate in Practice
K Rian Lindell Shoulder
WR Stevie Johnson Shoulder
S George Wilson Neck
WR David Nelson Illness
RB Fred Jackson Fibula
CB Terrence McGee Knee
WR Donald Jones Ankle
WR Naaman Roosevelt Shoulder
Limited Participation in Practice
T Demetrius Bell Shoulder
Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson has been ruled out of Sunday's meeting with the New York Jets, and could miss the remainder of the season.
Buffalo coach Chan Gailey told reporters that Jackson could be out for the rest of the season with an injury to his lower right leg. The injury was suffered during the third quarter of a Week 11 loss to the Miami Dolphins after Jackson was hit in the back of the leg.
"Fred's not good, and I know he'll miss this one," Gailey said. "Then we'll have to decide what happens from there."
Asked if there was a chance Jackson could be back before the end of the season, Gailey said: "I don't know about that. We'll have to wait and see."
Jackson has rushed for 934 yards and six touchdowns. The dual threat has also caught 39 passes for 442 yards. His total of 1,376 yards from scrimmage is second in the NFL, behind only Chicago's Matt Forte (1,391).
Former New York Jets quarterback Kellen Clemens has signed with the Houston Texans to be a backup for Matt Leinart. The Texans have placed injured starter Matt Schaub on injured reserve. Schaub will undergo season-ending foot surgery.
Clemens was a second-round pick of the Jets in 2006, but started only nine games in five seasons with the team. Eight of those starts came in 2007, when he went 3-5 as a starter, completing 52 percent of his passes and compiling a 60.9 passer rating.
Clemens lost any chance to be the Jets quarterback of the future in 2009 when the Jets drafted current starter Mark Sanchez in the first round. He was relegated to the No. 3 role last season when the Jets signed veteran Mark Brunell to back up and mentor Sanchez. Clemens appeared in only one game in 2010, completing one-of-two passes.
For his career Clemens has completed 147 of 284 passes (51.8 percent) with five touchdowns, 11 interceptions and a passer rating of 59.7.
Is New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan playing mind games with struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez. Maybe. Veteran backup Mark Brunell took a few first-team snaps during practice both Monday and Tuesday, a fact that apparently irked the third-year quarterback.
Brunell, in his 17th year in the NFL, clearly enjoyed the few snaps he got with the first group.
“It was a big day. I think I got four plays. Out of the 40 that we ran, I got four,” Brunell said. “So, I was pretty excited about that. I think three of them were runs, but it was good to go in there a little bit.”
The New York Post recalled that Ryan used a similar ploy to motivate Sanchez when the young quarterback was struggling late in the 2011 season.
“I know Mark Sanchez extremely well,” Ryan said. “I know how tough, how [much] fighting spirit he has. If it takes me to do this and take a punch in the nose I don’t care. I’ll do it. But we’ve got to have it from him. He’s the guy. He’s my guy and we have to have it from him. … When he’s that way we’re extremely hard to beat.”
Shonn Greene (ribs) returned to the practice field on Tuesday after missing Monday's session, but LaDainian Tomlinson (sprained MCL) did not participate fully with his teammates. Tomlinson went inside while the team stretched, then returned to the field for some work on the side.
Greene, who injured himself during the first quarter of New York's loss to Denver on Thursday night, has started every game for New York. He has rushed for 573 yards this season and two touchdowns.
Coach Rex Ryan said he expects all the injured players to be available on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
After two straight losses to fall back to .500, the New York Jets return to the field Sunday for an important divisional matchup with the Buffalo Bills.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said Monday he will not appeal the $75,000 fine he was given for a profane remark directed at a fan at halftime of his team’s recent loss to the New England Patriots.
“I just know that it was a mistake and I’ve owned up to that mistake. There’s no question about it. I’m not going to appeal it,” Ryan said. “Obviously, it was a mistake that I made and I’m responsible for my actions. I haven’t denied that one bit or slouched on that responsibility. I understand it, and I know to coach in the National Football League is an honor. I don’t want to be the guy to put a black eye on this or whatever. I just want to get it behind me and move forward.”
Ryan was walking into the tunnel for halftime when a fan told Ryan, “Hey, Rex, Belichick is better than you.”
The Jets coach, whose team was down 13-9 at the time, responded with a curt, “Shut the f—- up.”
Jets players are hopeful about getting back into contention for the NFL playoffs.
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