Get excited, Jets fans: Kenrick Ellis may make his NFL debut on Monday night.
“It’s looking that way,” defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Friday. “I can see this being the week. He’s been getting all the reps in practice.”
The rookie defensive tackle, the team’s third-round pick out of Hampton, has yet to be active for a game this season. But with the Dolphins being a run-oriented team, Pettine said he “wants to beef up the middle.”
The 6-4, nearly 350-pound Ellis certainly fits the bill.
Ellis making his debut would mean that Ropati Pitoitua will miss the game, and it’s looking more and more like that’s going to be the case.
Coulda Woulda Shoulda: In hindsight, Pettine wishes he had gone to a more “heavier” defensive scheme on the Patriots’ final drive last Sunday, daring them to throw the ball.
But instead, Pettitte elected to put seven defensive backs on the field for the first four plays. Tom Brady easily figured out what the Jets were doing.
So Brady called runs on the first seven plays of the drive -- even after the Jets finally inserted more run stoppers -- allowing the Patriots to march down the field. They eventually capped off the 13-play, 69-yard drive with a field goal to put the game out of reach.
“Daring Brady to throw it isn’t always the best way to get them off the field,” Pettine said.
Thanks for the info: Pettine said backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell has been a great source of information this week because he was in training camp with the Dolphins -- especially with regards to the mobility of their signal-callers.
Miami signed O’Connell on Aug. 5, but released him nearly a month later, and the Jets picked him up the next day.
What a waste: Pettine said the Jets wasted what he called the best performance of Mike DeVito’s career.
The fifth-year defensive end had three tackles.