Instead of letting Mark Sanchez remain idle on the sideline for the pre-season finale Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, coach Rex Ryan is going to let his second-year quarterback call some plays via the walkie-talkie, a la Brian Schottenheimer.
The idea, of course, is to expose Sanchez to a different aspect of the game, giving him a coach's perspective on why and how certain plays are called. It's a clever way of doing things. Ryan said he used to do it in Baltimore on defense, letting LB Ray Lewis and S Ed Reed call plays in the preseason. They gave it up, he said, when they realized it's not as easy as it looks.
Other notes from Tuesday in Florham Park:
• OLB Calvin Pace underwent successful foot surgery, according to Ryan. Ryan wouldn't give a timetable for Pace's return, except to say he won't play in the season opener. "We'll see about the second week," Ryan said. Sources say the realistic timetable is four to six weeks.
• S Brodney Pool (sprained ankle) missed practice for the third straight day. Obviously, he won't play Thursday night. The only starter scheduled to play is LG Matt Slauson. Pool's availability for the opener is uncertain ... LB Kenwin Cummings (shoulder), G Charlie Tanner (knee), LB Josh Mauga (concussion) and S Don Warren (concussion) also didn't practice.
• Sure sounds like Danny Woodhead is going to make the 53-man roster. Said Ryan: "The more I'm around Woodhead, the more I'm like, 'Is this in pen yet?' ... It's hard not to pull for that dude." Woodhead has been practicing this week at wide receiver, which doesn't bode well for WR David Clowney, who isn't lighting it up on special teams, as hoped.
• On Friday, WR Santonio Holmes will begin to serve a four-week league suspension. To keep him in touch with the offense, Holmes and Sanchez will have weekly skype sessions, according to Ryan. By rule, suspended players aren't allowed to be at the facility or have contact with the team; checking on whether skyping is a violation of the rule.
• Ryan admitted that one of the reasons why they cut QB Kevin O'Connell now, instead of waiting for the final cutdown Saturday, is because they didn't want him to have access to their Baltimore game plan. If they hd waited to cut him, he could've been picked by a team -- the Ravens -- for the sole purpose of pumping him for information. Sort of like what the Jets did last year, when they traded for O'Connell (a former New England Patriot) two weeks before facing the Patriots.