Vick “Can Throw a Strawberry Through a Battleship”

FLORHAM PARK–Some good news. It looks like both Mike DeVito and Joe McKnight will play on Sunday. DeVito was limited, but McKnight was full go in Wednesday’s practice wearing a brace on his right arm. He said that the only effect the brace was having on him was that he’s holding the ball higher and tighter, not necessarily a bad thing. Otherwise he said it’s not bothering him at all. He wore it for the first time during pregame warmups on Sunday (just to try it out, since he didn’t play), and three days later, he’s gotten used to it.

Brandon Moore (hip) didn’t practice, but that was the plan all along. He’ll play against the Eagles.

Marquice Cole (knee) did not practice at all and right now he’s iffy for Sunday. Eric Smith (knee) was limited, along with Marcus Dixon (hip), but both those guys should play.

Although the Eagles are 5-8, they are three-point favorites for Sunday’s game. Asked about it, Rex Ryan said, “I’m not betting on the game, so it doesn’t bother me.” The Jets have never won in Philadelphia.

They are appropriately focused on not only what quarterback Michael Vick can do, but on the Eagles strong pass rush. “The Eagles defense has some of the best players I’ve seen all year on tape,” Mark Sanchez said. However, the offense is trying to stay consistent with the successes they’ve had in the red zone, improved protections and third down conversions, just to name a few points.

“We understand that chances we had early in the season. We understand that we kind of squandered some opportunities,” Sanchez said.

Of Vick, Ryan pointed out that it’s not just his running ability that’s a threat, but added that he, “Can throw a strawberry through a battleship.”

Ryan wants to make sure his team stays on its toes. They have to be vigilant and aware of what Vick’s able to do, but can’t be afraid to play their own game. “You have to treat him like he’s Michael Vick,” Ryan said. “But you have to take shots at him.”

In the meantime, Smith and Brodney Pool are working closely with the newly signed safety Gerald Alexander, helping him get up to speed. It seems very unlikely that Alexander will play this week, but he’s doing his best to learn the defense as fast as he can. He arrived in New York on Tuesday and still had a suitcase sitting in his locker.  Mature, affable and polite, Alexander said,”It’s going to be a crash course,” describing what he’s going to have to do to in the way of studying over the next few weeks.

In addition to Pool and Smith, Alexander’s already got a friend in the room. He was a senior at Boise State when Kyle Wilson was a freshman so the two know each other well. “Kyle was a little pup when I was at Boise State,” he laughed. He said he’s enjoyed watching Wilson grow through the Boise State program and then the last two years in the NFL.

Since Alexander will probably be on the sideline, look for the appearance of Ellis Lankster and / or Isaiah Trufant. Lankster has, by his own admission, come a long way over the past few months. “In training camp I was lost,” he said. “But I’ve been learning from (Darrelle) Revis and (Antonio) Cromartie, learning how to take notes, learning how to study film and I can see myself improving.”

Anecdote of the Day: Sanchez seems to be quite unhappy with the haircut that Ryan made sure to announce following the game on Sunday. I saw his uncovered head, and it didn’t look that bad to me (it is pretty short), but before the cameras got near him, Sanchez had donned a knit hat that covered his entire head.




23 comments
redly
redly

Kinda think Toronto & Montreal should host outdoor games,,,, but Buttman is a fool

hockeyfn91
hockeyfn91

This will never happen... not even if the islanders win the cup this year. The NHL sees ratings in Pit, Chi, Det, NYR, Montreal, Toronto only. Not even LA gets respect and they have won multiple cups. 

Sportsfan1970
Sportsfan1970

The Penn State game should be Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia. Those teams hate each other and it is the closest location to a neutral site as you are going to get. Plus could you imagine 106000 fans going at it. If the Isles were in that game maybe 5000 Isles fans head out there.

As far as the Isles why not schedule them vs the Devils at Citi Field. I thought it was BS that the Isles were the home team vs the Rangers at Yankee Stadium. We all know why that was done. The Rangers lease does not allow them to play home games away from MSG otherwise they forfeit a huge tax break they got from NYC. The Devils were screwed in the same way. A game can't be scheduled at MetLife Stadium because of the possibility either the Giants or Jets make the playoffs. It is not as if they throw a rink together in 5 days and tear it down in 1. They spend at least several weeks building the rink, getting the ice ready, locker rooms etc.. Citi Field does not host a bowl game like Yankee Stadium so it would be easier to do it there.

Having Pittsburgh come to Citi Field would be great. And if sick of the Penguins why not bring in a team like Montreal. That would add Canadian juice to the game. I highly doubt the NHL would go for that though. They would prefer an original 6 matchup.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Sportsfan1970 I love the idea of the Isles in the Winter Classic, but you're right, Pitt/Philly would fill the Beav. It's too tough for LI'ers to get into and out of State College this time of year; too unpredictable weather wise. Interesting point about Metife. I like Citifield - cool stadium.

John Keitz
John Keitz

I love the idea, but it just ain't gonna happen. The Isles can beat the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final 2015, and the Winter Classic 2016 will be the Penguins and the Rangers at Beaver Stadium. I love the Islanders, but NBC clearly doesn't.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@John Keitz NBC will be changing its mind about the Isles - they've already shown them once nationally v the Sharks in the fall. There'll be more before season's end.

jpizzy
jpizzy

Give Minnesota an outdoor game. Ridiculous they haven't had one yet.

David Sisler
David Sisler

NBC thinks there are only seven teams in the NHL and the Islanders, like the Devils, ain't one of them. Let's see if New York's newspaper even bother to assign a reporter to Wang's warriors.

Robert Cuillo
Robert Cuillo

Who would you prefer over Billy Joel?  Hes still better than most

Robert Konigsberg
Robert Konigsberg

isles/pitt. in cityfield would make a lot of sense since this is the isles 2nd biggest rivalry, not to mention the bad blood between both teams. what better way to also increase isles interest since they are not only the best team in ny right now plus the move to playing at the new arena next season. 

Ari Buziashvili
Ari Buziashvili

I agree, but haven't the Penguins had enough? I'm tired of the same teams always playing in the WC. Time for the other teams to get a turn.

Mike Maino
Mike Maino

Islanders/Rangers at Citi Field. Rangers/Devils at MetLife Stadium.

Tom Eagles
Tom Eagles

Isles vs Bruins to rekindle the 80s playoffs memories.

Tom Eagles
Tom Eagles

JayZ vs Billy Idol? I'll take Billy.

nyi5
nyi5

You can't have the Isles in a winter classic yet. You still have to have the Rags, Philly, Washington, Boston, Detroit, Chicago and Pitt in it a few more times.

SMH

Patrick Tracey
Patrick Tracey

Never happen ! It does not include Detroit, Philadelphia, The Rag$, or Chicago.

Phil Ellison
Phil Ellison

I'd like to see the Islanders and Devils play a home and home series at Citi Field and Met Life Stadium.

Donald Yacona
Donald Yacona

Love to see it, but they're going to have to be good for a few years first and make a splash in the meantime. Taking down the Rags and Pens in the playoffs would be a great start.