NT Sione Pouha, who missed the last two preseason games because of a sprained knee, vowed Wednesday to be ready for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Cowboys.
Pouha, who said he has a "very minor" MCL sprain, said "everything is ready to roll." He spoke to a group of reporters at the Jets' annual kickoff luncheon in Lower Manhattan.
The entire team attended the event, but FB John Conner wasn't on hand. He reportedly stayed back in Florham Park, N.J., to receive treatment for his sprained ankle. That he couldn't take a few hours out of his rehab schedule, 11 days before the opener, should tell you this isn't just a "tweak." On Tuesday, Rex Ryan said he expects Conner to play.
Neither Conner nor Pouha will play Thursday night at MetLife Stadium againt the Eagles. In fact, all the veteran starters will get the night off.
One other note from the luncheon, which raised $750,000 for the Alliance for Lupus Research: Ryan, firing up the crowd, declared, "We're going to win the Super Bowl, and we're going to do it right now, this year," according to the Star-Ledger of Newark.
TAPE REVIEW: Finally got a chance to review the tape of the Jets-Giants game. A couple of random thoughts:
Rex Ryan was right when he said OLB Aaron Maybin needs to show more to make the team. Unofficially, he played in 15 snaps, making one tackle -- a hustle play in which he chased down the ball. As a pass rusher, he generated no pressure, often taking himself out of the play with wide rushes ... OLB Jamaal Westerman played 26 snaps and recorded two quarterback pressures ... Rookie NT Kenrick Ellis is one powerful dude, but he needs to play with better balance. On one play, the Giants' center caught him leaning and tossed him down ... Nice block by RG Matt Kroul on Bilal Powell's TD run. Kroul is doing a nice job for someone who didn't start playing offensive line until a few weeks ago ... The Jets' perimeter run defense was shaky. At times, the OLBs and DEs failed to set the edge, allowing ballcarrriers to break out.
A BROADWAY JOE FIRST: Had the chance to speak with Joe Namath on Tuesday. Namath is on a promotional tour for Topps football cards, and he told me a cool story about the time he posed for his rookie card, back in 1965. He was in Lenox Hill Hospital after knee surgery, and had lost 27 pounds during his eight-day stay.
"Frank Ramos (the Jets' former longtime PR man) came into my room with a jersey, shoulder pads and a football," Namath said. "He said, 'Joe, the show must go on' -- show-biz stuff from Mr. (Sonny) Werblin. They took me out in the hall on crutches and I put on the shoulder pads and they put the jersey on me. I leaned up against a wall and took my first Topps football card. I'd like to say I was really enthusiastic, but I wasn't up to speed. If you look at the card, you'd be able to tell I was a mess."