"I give people respect, whether I cover you and shut you down, or I don’t. If you have 120 yards and three touchdowns on me, I’m still gonna give you that respect. If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels. ... Whatever he says, he says. I just do what I have to do as a Jet, and go out and go to work every day."
One difficult thing for the Jets is trying to approximate what Moss brings on the practice field this week. They're using 6-foot-4 practice-squad receiver Marcus Henry to play him on the look team, but they know that's not going to really get anyone completely ready for Sunday.
"You can get a big guy to simulate all that height, but you can’t find one with all that speed. Or you can find a fast guy, but he doesn’t have that size," Ryan said. "It is really hard to simulate that. Our guys, Henry’s doing the best job he can, but there’s not too many Randy Mosses walking around. He’s the best vertical receiver in the game and that’s why that matchup is incredible.
"You’re seeing best corner in football against the best vertical receiver in the game in Randy Moss. That’s gonna be a heck of a matchup, and it was the first week. The fact that Revis, statistically, it wasn’t a huge game by Moss, but trust me, you know where Randy Moss is."
One thought I had, just for the hell of it -- Is it possible the Jets are playing possum here? Is it possible that they kick Revis inside to handle Wes Welker (who wasn't active for the first game) and then bracket Moss on the outside, like they did last November?
I've been shot down by a bunch of people on that thought, but I figured I'd toss it out there. It's hard to double an inside receiver, so maybe committing the best corner to Welker -- particularly for a blitzing team trying to take away a quarterback's hot reads -- would make some sense. But probably not.
One more thing, while I'm talking scout-team here. Playing Welker in practice: The guy who once held the NCAA's all-time rushing lead, Danny Woodhead.