Jordan Jenkins says there is a difference between notching a half-sack and a full sack. And the Jets' rookie linebacker would know, since he's done both the past two weeks.
"Even though getting the first half-sack was awful fun, this one just felt different," Jenkins told me today about his third-quarter track-down and touch-down of the Dolphins' Matt Moore. "You're the one that brought him down and fought so hard to get there. It's a different feeling once you get done because" — and here he pounded his fist over his heart a few times and smiled — "that's my sack, that's my sack."
He even entertained the thought that with zero sacks vs. Indianapolis, that shared takedown of Colin Kaepernick at San Francisco, and the full sack last Saturday night, maybe he's establishing a trend.
"Yeah, maybe two sacks, then go up to 3½, and just keep the ball rolling," he said.
Of course, Jenkins is well aware that even two team sacks of Tom Brady on Saturday afternoon at New England is easier said than done. For instance, last month they had none when Brady led the Patriots from behind to their 22-17 win at MetLife Stadium.
The rookie 'backer got in for 25 defensive snaps in that game and said he learned a few things about the Patriots' legendary QB that others had discovered over the years.
"One thing I know we need to do is really affect Brady. He's always comfortable at his 7-yard spot and we just have to really get him off his spot," Jenkins said.
"I knew Brady was good, but just watching him the last four minutes of that game, that's when I really realized, 'OK, Tom Brady's ... Tom Brady.' We can't let Tom Brady 'go Brady' on us. That's what happened in that last little bit. We were battling the first 3½ quarters, but you can't take your foot off the gas, you have to finish. We can't let that happen this game."
Dozier's Ready, No BullIt's been a scrambled year for the Jets' offensive line, which has had eight different starting lineups and nine different individual starters. They will definitely field their ninth different lineup against the Patriots with RG Brian Winters gone to IR and could tab their 10th different starter in Dakota Dozier.
"Obviously at the end of the day that's a coach's decision. If that's the decision that's made, I'd love it, it'd be great, I'd be thankful for the opportunity," Dozier said. "If not, if it's another direction, then I'm ready for anything."
The call could be Brent Qvale, who's started four games this season, three at RT and one at RG, but was sidelined for Miami with a hamstring injury. Qvale, limited Wednesday, practiced full today.
But Dozier's the perfect man to have waiting in the wings because although he hasn't played a lot in his three Jets seasons, he's learned a little bit about every line position just in case. All seven of them.
Seven? Yes, including left and right tight end in the heavy packages.
"The versatility has really helped me out since I've gotten into the league and especially since this new staff came in," Dozier said. "They want to make sure that guys can play multiple spots, and if there are nicks and injuries here and there, then it's 'All right, Dakota, try this spot.' So I've practiced every spot on the line this year as well as some of our tight end things for different personnels.
"At the end of the day, I just want to contribute in whatever way I possibly can."
If "Bull" Dozier contributes at New England, it would be the 16th appearance of his career. If he were to start, it would be his first.
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Back It UpHead coach Todd Bowles listed only three players who didn't practice today, his fewest in the last three weeks of injury reports. Of course, several players came off those lists because they went to IR. RB Matt Forte is not at that point, but he sat out his first two practices of the week for the first time this season due to knee and shoulder issues. Bowles said Forté's game status isn't determined yet and that he could still play even if he sits out Friday's practice.
Besides Forté, the Jets have Bilal Powell ready to go plus rookie Brandon Wilds. And Khiry Robinson (lower leg) has been limited both days this week and could make his long-awaited Jets debut vs. the Patriots.
The other DNPs were NT Steve McLendon (hamstring) and LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle).