BYE WEEK CHANGEUP

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - With an impressive victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers the Jets finally won their second game of the season but instead of taking the full Bye week off Rex Ryan has tweaked the schedule to cure his Bye week blues.

In Ryan’s tenure here the Jets are 1-4 coming off the Bye and it’s because of that record and not the 2-8 record that the Jets are having two days of practice this week.

“No, we were going to change it up. So, we definitely were looking at different ways of doing things. We’re 1-5 or 1-4 off the Bye, so we were going to try anything,” Ryan said. “We even went with the Andy Reid approach once where we let them go the entire time and then came back and laid an egg, so that wasn’t it. If we would’ve won that, we would’ve gone right back to that schedule.”

A 2-8 record would have been a perfectly acceptable reason to hold a couple of practices during the Bye but it also makes sense that Ryan would have made this decision at the beginning of the season based on his porous record coming out of the Bye.

“We took advantage of our practices and we had two days of practice scheduled. The opportunities to go out there and do some things that we don’t get a chance to do,” Michael Vick said. “Work on some routes and some ball placement things that I feel like that I need to do work on (and) accuracy stuff with the net, so it was a good day. Very productive.

Still the team will get a nice, much needed, break during this week. There will only be two days of practice, instead of the usual four, and they will of course have the entire weekend off to rest as well. Plus Ryan is going to structure practice a bit differently this week that won’t ask as much from the veterans.

“The way we’re going to structure practice, it’s going to give our younger players a chance to get out there and compete as well,” Ryan said. “So, I think that’s going to be good for us. Our practice squad players, we’ll get a good look at them and that’s really why we’re doing this.”

This means players like I.K. Enemkpali, Dakota Dozier, Dalton Freeman, Trevor Reilly and T.J. Barnes will be focal points in practice this week. Which is smart because at 2-8 it would make sense to try and get these guys game-ready and see what they got at some point before the season ends and it gives the veterans a bit of a break.

“Yeah, it does (feel good to get some time off). We’ve been going for 10 weeks, (plus) training camp. We had a couple weekends off, but it (has) still been a grind and we wanted to take some time off,” Vick said. “Like I said, it’s always good to get away from the game for a while. Just let everything kind of soak in, marinate it a little bit and then get back at it.”

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