Rex Ryan's Friday News Conference

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Here is a transcript of Rex Ryan’s news conference from New York Jets HQ in Florham Park, NJ, courtesy of the team:

I apologize for being late, so now we’re down to two minutes [joking]. Guys that are out: [Garrett] McIntyre will not play with that concussion. He was limited in practice, but he will not play. Logan Payne, obviously, and Bryan Thomas. Nick Mangold was limited today. He’s questionable for the game. I feel good about it, though. All the other guys are probable and all of them were full participants in practice: Plaxico [Burress] with the elbow, Antonio Cromartie, ribs, [Mike] DeVito, shoulder, David Harris, toe, Calvin Pace, abdomen, Eric Smith, triceps, and Muhammad Wilkerson, shoulder.

So that’s pretty much it on the injury thing. Today’s practice was so much better this week than last week’s. We were bouncing around pretty good, flying around. I feel good about it. So based on this practice, we should play well.

On the practice week in general…

Really good. I think our best practice was yesterday that we had all season. So I think it’s good. You have to be sharp mentally, and obviously New England is going to present different things that you haven’t worked on, and you have to try to react to it, figure it out. And then they have to react to us, so there’s always that chessmatch involved in that.

On if he’s confident Mangold will play…

Well, he’s listed as questionable. There’s that New England Patriots response. [joking]

On if he is ever tempted to use more of than one of the limited number of padded practices after a loss…

I think if it was more of a physical thing where somebody just ran the ball down your throat or something like that, maybe so. But that wasn’t our day, there’s no question about it. I thought our defense responded, did a good job against a really good back in Ray Rice, played well against Flacco. It was almost a reverse of the week before. But again, being physical is what we want to be. That should be our stamp. That’s who the Jets are and sometimes you do wish you had a few more padded practices.

On if Joe McKnight is finding his niche…

Well, maybe the coaches are finding the niche for Joe McKnight, because [as] a kickoff returner, he leads the league. He goes down on a kickoff, forces a fumble. And yet this is a guy, when we had him in preseason that first year, [he] couldn’t hold onto a ball and we were all down on him and things. But sometimes you have to patient, because the one thing he always had was great athleticism. And quite honestly, there’s a reason we kept him over Danny Woodhead. And Danny Woodhead is a great back, [he’s] done great things in New England. But this guy’s [McKnight’s] ceiling is about as high as it gets. And so we’ll see. I think he has a chance to be a heck of a player. [It] might be at corner, might be whatever, but he can play.

On if he was encouraged by Aaron Maybin

Yes, I was encouraged during the preseason as well. But it was something where it’s like, ‘You have to start, you really never knew the defense’. And he’s just now starting to figure it out. It takes a little time, but yes, I was encouraged by that. He really did what we thought he would do, get underneath that big guy and run. And that’s what he did, he made a play. And really, I think he might have only had six or seven snaps, but he had the sack and he had a hurry on another one. So that’s two that he affected the quarterback. So that’s encouraging.

On if Kenrick Ellis is close to being on the active roster for a game…

Yes, he is. I think it’s just a matter of time now. But yes, you’re exactly right. When you’re playing these teams that really are spreading you out a bunch, sometimes you don’t play as many linemen as some of the games. But he’s done a great job on the practice field, and it’s just a matter of time for that young man.

On if Ellis will be active this Sunday…

I think we’re going to go a different route for that last spot, but he is in the conversation, there’s no doubt. Each week it starts with him quite honestly.

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