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Jets running back Chris Johnson wants more carries, and receiver Eric Decker and linebacker Calvin Pace are unhappy being 1-7.
The Jets will try to stop Michael Vick from turning the ball over on Sunday, and they started with a litany of drills during the week.
“We have a couple of gauntlet things that we put him through,” Rex Ryan said. “Basically, you have a line of guys on both sides and you’re ripping the thing out. David Lee, he has three or four of these drills that he uses. We are doing them twice. Normally you do them once a week, we are doing them twice a week right now.”
The head coach is confident that he and his staff can fix Vick’s issues.
“When he is escaping, he just has to sense it and make sure you put two hands on [the ball], protect it on your inside shoulder,” he said. “Those type of things we teach, but sometimes out in that space, when he is avoiding, it is hard to change somebody’s running style, but understand when you are getting ready to get hit that thing has to be tucked. Those are the big things you talk about.”
Ryan was asked if the upping of the drills was a result from the six turnovers in Week 8, and joked “Yeah, I guess we should have had it the week before.”
CB Darrin Walls (calf, knee) did not practice on Thursday.
WR Jeremy Kerley (illness) was able to practice after sitting out on Wednesday.
T Oday Aboushi (shoulder), CB Phillip Adams (groin), LB Antwan Barnes (knee), G Willie Colon (knee), TE Jeff Cumberland (finger, shoulder), LB Demario Davis (finger), WR Eric Decker (hamstring), LB David Harris (shoulder), RB Chris Johnson (ankle), C Nick Mangold (shoulder), LB Trevor Reilly (knee), WR Greg Salas (ankle, wrist), QB Geno Smith (right shoulder) were all full participants in practice.
Smith was able to throw 50 or so passes in practice.
“Today’s practice was a little better then yesterday’s, and I thought yesterday’s was good, but we all know that doesn’t mean anything,” Rex Ryan said. “So we will find out. But, it definitely beats the alternative, so I liked it.”