The last time the Patriots played the Jets, the relied on their receivers getting yards after the catch. New England is hoping for more of the same in Thursday's rematch.
“For us, it’s about trying to find that extra room and separation, and trying to get it up the field as quickly as possible,” wide receiver Wes Welkertold the Boston Globe.
The *Globe *also reports on Tom Brady's presence in Foxboro. Brady has returned to the team facility and is rehabilitating after suffering a setback during knee surgery.
“It’s just good to hear his voice,” rookie running back BenJarvus Green-Ellistold the Globe.
The *Boston Herald *takes a look at Ty Law's presence in New York and what that means for the immediate future and the long-term future of this heated rivalry.
“It’s definitely going to be a little weird,” defensive end Ty Warrentold the Herald.
The Patriots aren't sure what to expect if Law plays, but they do have plenty of respect for their former teammate.
“We’ve played him [before]. I think we all know what Ty’s skills are,” head coach Bill Belichicktold the Boston Metro.
Aside from Law, the Patriots also need to worry about the Jets' running game, which has been the real key to the team's success on offense.
“When the week started, that’s the first thing I looked at,” defensive end Jarvis Green told the Brockton Enterprise.
Law met with the New York media Tuesday and welcomes the challenge of facing the Patriots on Thursday.
“I’m just coming back, haven’t played, they call me ‘old man.’ Hell, throw at me. That’s what any smart coach would do. I relish the opportunity and look forward to the challenge,” Law told the New York Post.
Law is now playing for Belichick's protégé, Eric Mangini, and notices similarities between the two.
“You don’t want to say too much of that to him [Mangini],” Law told Newsday.
The Jets understand what this game means for both teams. Whoever wins takes over sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
“You’ve got to win the game that’s in front of you. I don’t think that one game ever defines a season,” Mangini told the New York Daily News.