TSX Wednesday Update

A quick look at the news and notes from Wednesday via TSX Reports.

--During the regular season, P Steve Weatherford tied an NFL record by placing 42 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. He had only four touchbacks.

In two playoff games, he has recorded six touchbacks and two punts inside the 20, leading to coach Rex Ryan to say Monday that Weatherford needed to punt better. Weatherford blamed his results on him being too "greedy."

"I'm trying to get the ball down at the 2-yard-line or the 1-yard-line," he explained, "kind of similar to golf, trying to hit it in the hole instead of laying it up on the green. I'm trying to make a big play instead of just putting the ball down there and being happy with a fair catch at the 7 or the 8 or the 10."

In the Jets' 22-17 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field on Dec. 19, Weatherford had three punts that were downed by the Jets inside the 10, including one at the 3 that led to a safety on the next play.

"We know what to expect going in there," he said of the notoriously sloppy natural field.

--Former Jet Dennis Byrd, whose motivational speech Saturday night inspired the Jets for their win over New England, will be their honorary captain for Sunday's AFC title game. Byrd suffered a career-ending broken vertebrae and was paralyzed in a 1992 game but recovered to walk again.

"Hearing about his story for the first time," QB Mark Sanchez said, "really makes you makes you understand how fortunate we are and how fragile your career is. ... It can end at any moment.

"His story definitely gave us inspiration last week," Sanchez said, "and it's just fitting that he's going to lead us out before the game."

--CB Darrelle Revis grew up a Steeler fan in nearby Aliquippa, Pa., and he said this game is extra special for both him and veteran OLB Jason Taylor, a Pittsburgh native.

"We talk about it all the time," he said. "We were talking about getting a win from where we're from, and in front of our families and close friends. ... It is the AFC Championship Game, but also it's more personal to me and Jason Taylor."

BY THE NUMBERS: 4. The number of road playoff wins for Mark Sanchez as the Jets' starting quarterback. The second-year signal-caller already has tied an NFL record.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Bus leaves at 2 o'clock. Don't be there at 2:01 unless you're Darrelle (Revis)." -- QB Mark Sanchez jokingly relaying coach Rex Ryan's instructions when the Jets are leaving for the airport to play a road game.

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