1) Woody’s status uncertain- On Monday New York Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody went for an MRI on his injured right MCL. Damien’s status for Thursday’s game remains uncertain with Wayne Hunter ready to step in if Woody cannot go. Hunter struggled in pass protection against the Texans, but the Jets definitely did not do him any favors with the protection packages. I would not be surprised to see Gang Green favor some more max protect packages if Woody does not play.
2) J-Co doubtful- Jerricho Cotchery’s injured groin continues to improve but I do not expect him to play on Thursday. The Jets have a huge match-up against the Patriots on December 6th and I am sure Gang Green wants him ready for their division rival. Brad Smith and Patrick Turner will replace J-Co on Thursday.
3) Lowery out- Dwight Lowery has been ruled out for Thursday’s game as he recovers from a concussion suffered against the Cleveland Browns.
4) Revis vs. T.O. – On Monday Darrelle Revis announced that he will be matched up with Terrell Owens with Antonio Cromartie covering Chad Ochocinco. For me the bigger concern will be who is covering tight end Jermaine Gresham and receiver Jordan Shipley. For whatever reason the Jets are struggling with the 3rd and 4th receiving options and at some point it has to be addressed.
5) Defensive woes- Following Sunday’s game Rex Ryan spewed out all types of information on how the Jets defense is on the same pace as last year’s dominant unit. Nice try Rex but I am not buying it. The Jets pass defense has struggled, with even All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis making huge mistakes. The repeated blown assignments and communication issues are a major concern and should not be happening this late in the season. Could this have anything to do with defensive coordinator Mike Pettine taking over the play calling? Or are the Jets giving the players on the field too much freedom to make changes on the fly? Regardless of the cause the problem must be addressed before Gang Green faces the likes of the Patriots and the Steelers.
6) McKnight to see more action? On Sunday rookie running back Joe McKnight played fairly well on special teams. With the Jets running attack starting to slow down a bit I would not be surprised to see Gang Green give McKnight a snap or two to see what he can do. Yes I understand how bad the rookie struggled in the preseason, but maybe he has finally learned what it takes to make it in the NFL.