Jets throwing in a Wildcat option

The Vikings did just fine against the Miami Dolphins' version of the Wildcat and they will have to prepare for it again against the Jets, who scored using it Sunday.

The Jets' third touchdown in their 38-14 rout of Buffalo on Sunday not only put six points on the board. It also gave future opponents something to ponder.

WR Brad Smith threw a 3-yard scoring pass to a leaping Dustin Keller out of the Wildcat formation, giving the Jets a 24-7 lead. It was the first NFL touchdown pass for Smith, a record-setting college quarterback at Missouri.

Smith said the play was designed to be a pass, and that he "was kind of going out and trying to make a play, whether it was running it or throwing it. ... My first goal was to get out on the edge and if it was wide-open, I would run. I just tried to trust my instinct and get the ball to him."

Smith also credited Keller, saying, "You knew he was going to catch it. He's so quick and big and strong, he can get that separation."

"He put it high where I could get it and nobody else could," Keller said.

Coach Rex Ryan joked that the Jets now have a "quarterback controversy."

  • DE Shaun Ellis left the game in the third quarter with what Ryan indicated was a slightly sprained left knee after a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick. That meant that Trevor Pryce, signed Thursday after being released by Baltimore the day before, had to play more than he expected.

    "I'm still kind of dizzy about all this," said Pryce, who said he had only three first-half snaps but finished with somewhere between 15 and 20.

    Pryce was able to get some pressure on Buffalo quarterback Fitzpatrick, who evaded him twice in the open field.

    "What I told everyone was," Pryce said, "my job was to make sure the quarterback sees me. That he did. But the problem is he sees me and then runs 50 yards. Maybe I need to change that."

    Pryce expects to be more in synch against Minnesota next Monday with a full week of practice under his belt. "It'll come very easily," he said. "It's like riding a bike."

  • Rookie RB Joe McKnight was active for the first time and had 12 yards on four carries in the fourth quarter. The fourth-round draft pick from USC also played on special teams and earned much praise from coach Rex Ryan.

    "I think we all saw what we were seeing on special teams," Ryan said Monday. "He was flying down the field, the first guy down on a kickoff. (He) almost blocked a punt. That's what we've been seeing, that kind of effort and that kind of improvement on the practice field. It was just an opportunity for him to get on the game field.

    "One thing you can't take away from this young man, well there's two things really," Ryan added. "Number one, is his obvious athleticism. He's about as good an athlete as you're going to find out there. Then, what I've been really impressed with is his enthusiasm. Since the season started, you just really see the kind of enthusiasm on the practice field, whether it's on the scout team playing corner, whether it's playing running back or being on the special teams."

  • CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) sat out his second consecutive game Sunday at Buffalo, but coach Rex Ryan believes he will be able to play against Minnesota on Monday.

  • LB Calvin Pace (foot) sat out a fourth straight game, but Ryan also is hoping he can play Monday versus the Vikings.

  • QB Mark Brunell completed his first pass attempt as a Jet, a 7-yarder to TE Ben Hartsock during the fourth quarter of the Jets' blowout victory over the Bills.

  • CB Antonio Cromartie, who struggled covering Miami's Brandon Marshall last week, had a much better game against Buffalo, helping limit the dangerous Lee Evans to one reception for 6 yards.

  • DE Shaun Ellis will have an MRI exam on his injured left knee, but Ryan is hopeful that he will be able to play against Minnesota. Ellis suffered the injury Sunday while sacking Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.


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