After all the hype, cornerback Ty Law's return to New England was pretty uneventful.
Five tackles, no pass breakups, no interceptions, no penalties.
"It was cool. It wasn't something I had circled on my calendar like I was going to anticipate it," Law said. "I've been a New York Jet for quite some time now. It was nice to see some of the guys out there, but my mind-set was to go out there and play good football and win a game."
In the week leading up to the game, unnamed sources said that the Jets definitely would let Law go after the season by not picking up his $11 million option bonus due in March. Both Law and Jets coach Herm Edwards denied that anything was a fait accompli, but Law's continuing health difficulties may make it so.
Law spent much of the second half against the Patriots on the sideline as his surgically repaired left foot acted up. He said the foot gets irritated at times.
"It's one of those things where I have to come out and take it easy for a while," he said. "I came back in. It's just one of those things. I still feel positive that I can go out there and play at a high level."
In Law's absence, the Jets got to take another look at their potential future at corner, as Derrick Strait got some playing time.
"He made a couple of plays," Edwards said of Strait. "They got him a couple of times. The guy he was trying to guard is a good football player, Troy Brown."
"He's been a good tackler for us, for the most part," Edwards said of Miller. "He missed one on the sideline, but he supported the run fairly well. He's starting to learn the concept of coverage better. He still struggles on his own a little bit in the concept, but I think when you get play man (coverage), he does a good job. He's got good speed. And he's gaining confidence the more he plays."
NEWS AND NOTES
--Quarterback Jay Fiedler still is no closer to coming back, coach Herm Edwards said Monday. "We'll probably know this week more where he's really at," Edwards said. "He'll force us more. He's been trying to throw, but we'll see."
When asked if Fiedler might practice during seven-on-seven workouts, Edwards said, "We're going to see if he can do it."
Despite the fact that the season is lost, Edwards would like to see Fiedler in action. He hasn't played since suffering a shoulder injury on Sept. 25.
"If he's not well and he can't play, then obviously he's going to need surgery, I would think," Edwards said. "I don't know that. But I would anticipate that. Then (we'll) take a look at where he's at, as far as what we do next year. It's something beneficial for him."
"Yes, I would like to see Jay. I don't know if you would start him right away, but you would have to play him. He hadn't played in a game since Week 3. You can't ask a guy to go in there. He hasn't practiced a whole practice yet. Whenever he comes back, you have to get him in some games. You have to try to get him in there."
--Mike Nugent's two kickoffs only got to the New England 17 and 25, respectively, and the second one was returned 15 yards to the 40, setting up the Patriots' go-ahead field goal.
"He just popped it up," Edwards said. "It was a bad kick. But he's done pretty good in the kickoffs. He's (often) kicking it inside the 5, which he did in college. He wasn't a guy who would kick it in the end zone all the time. He's made some good kicks for us. That one just popped up."