A day after they took some solace by working at the Salvation Army in Manhattan and visiting with the families of World Trade Center tragedy victims, the Jets returned to work on Wednesday feeling a little better and a little more focused on this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
"I think what they did yesterday helped a lot," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "We were finally able to do something instead of sitting there, watching TV and reflecting."
Edwards added that "Now it's time to get back to what you do, everyone has a role in life, whatever that role is." With that in mind, the Jets' minds turned to the Patriots and the task of avoiding an 0-2 start both overall and in the division.
"You don't want to start 0-2, it's an uphill climb [after that]," Edwards said. "Are we [finished] if we lose? No, it just makes it a lot harder."
The key plotline for the Jets now is the unveiling of new starting defensive tackles Steve Martin and Tom Brandt, who replace James Reed and Shaun Ellis, respectively. "We're really talking about three different [starting] linemen," Edwards said, also referring to Ellis, who will move back to his old position at right end. "We're starting two defensive linemen who have been here for a week that weren't here for two months."
INJURY REPORT: The only player listed on the Jets' injury report is Santana Moss (out, knee). Edwards said defensive end Rick Lyle battled back spasms Tuesday but that he was expected to practice today. As for the Patriots, four players are listed as questionable: WR Torrance Small (leg), CB Otis Smith (leg), DT Richard Seymour (leg) and LB Mike Vrable (knee).
ROSTER MOVE: The Jets elevated rookie TE Daniel Wilcox off the practice squad and on to the 53-man roster Wednesday and placed TE Jake Moreland, who had been waived Monday, on the practice squad. The Jets, who had also waived linebacker Joe Todd and punter Tommy Parks on Monday, currently have 51 players on the active roster.
IRONIC: Bryan Cox, who didn't talk to Jets' beat reporters last season, was the player the Patriots made available for a conference call with Jets beat reporters Wednesday. Said one beat writer, tongue planted firmly in cheek: "I'm not talking to Bryan Cox all year."
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