Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe writes about Rex Ryan's comments about Rob Gronkowski yesterday. "He's been fantastic,'' Ryan said when asked about Gronkowski. Ryan even threw in a small joke saying, "We're talking about Dan, right? Not Rob?'' Rob Gronkowski has caught 44 passes for 596 yards and six touchdowns.
Karen Guregian of the* Boston Herald* writes about recent praise for Kyle Love and his role in the Patriots defense with Albert Haynesworth now playing for Tampa Bay. In his conference call yesterday, Jets coach Rex Ryan called Love underrated and said he was more concerned with Love even when Haynesworth was still a Patriot. "It's pretty good to hear that from an opposing coach," Love said. "What can I say? I really appreciate that. That's a big compliment coming from him. (So I) just take that in stride, keep on doing what I'm doing, playing hard from week to week."
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com took time to speak with James Ihedigbo, a former Jets player, yesterday. Questions ranged from the impact of Josh Barrett being placed on injured reserve to how it feels to return to New York as an opponent for the first time. "I'm excited. I'm going back there with a chip on my shoulder," said Ihedigbo. "It's going to be a great atmosphere, Sunday night football. I understand their fans get rowdy. It's going to be intense, similar to a playoff atmosphere this time of year. I'm excited and the rest of the guys are fired up to go down there and play our best football this season."
Mary Paoletti of CSNNE.com writes about Rex Ryan's feelings about the Patriots offense. Even with the Patriots recent struggles, Ryan is not buying it. "I think it's funny, because we're saying that New England's struggling," Ryan said via conference call. "I think they had 450 yards against us, 450 against the Giants or something like that [it was 448]. It's not that this team is struggling."
James Walker of ESPN.com writes about "round two" of the Wes Welker-Darrelle Revis match-up. The first time Welker and Revis squared off, Welker caught five passes for 124 yards. Welker leads the league in receiving this season while Revis is widely considered to be the best cover cornerback in the league.