It’s not as if the current group of New York Jets wide receivers is filled with household names.
It got a boost, in terms of recognition, earlier this week when Braylon Edwards was claimed off waivers. The 29-year-old returned to the franchise for which he caught 88 passes and scored 11 touchdowns in 2009 and 2010 after having spent the bulk of this season with the Seattle Sehawks.
Still, Jason McCourty will take all the help he can get when it comes to information on those with whom he’ll match up Monday. The Tennessee Titans cornerback has a pretty good source too in his twin brother Devin, a defensive back with the New England Patriots who already have played – and beaten – the Jets twice this season.
“Whenever we have a common opponent, we talk about it,” Jason McCourty said Tuesday. “I was talking to him last week about the Texans and they did pretty good [Monday] night.”
Devin McCourty intercepted a pass – in the end zone – and was credited with five tackles in the Patriots’ 42-14 victory over Houston on Monday night. That’s one more interception than Jason had in the Titans’ two meetings with the Texans this season.
Jason McCourty would like to produce a similar effort this week. He proved that he could handle the primetime spotlight when he intercepted one pass, broke up two others and made five tackles in the Titans’ 26-23 victory over Pittsburgh in a Thursday night game earlier this season.
“There’s always something a little bit more special to play on national TV,” he said. “… To me, it’s another game, another opportunity to go out there and play with your teammates and have fun. For us, I just hope we continue that passion that we’ve brought the last few weeks but let go of some of the mistakes we’ve made.”
The Titans (4-9) have lost three in a row and four of their last five and have dropped out of the playoff race.
The Jets (6-7), on the other hand, have won three of their last four and can reach the postseason for the third time in four years if they continue to win.
They have rallied despite questions about their starting quarterback and depth issues at wide receiver. Rookie Stephen Hill sustained a knee injury on Sunday and is expected to miss several weeks. Top receiver Santonio Holmes played just four games before he sustained a season-ending foot injury and Clyde Gates has missed the last two weeks with a concussion.
Therefore, Edwards, a 2005 first-round pick of Cleveland, joins a fairly anonymous group made up of Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schillens, Marty Gilyard and Jordan White. Kerley has a team-high 52 receptions for the season. None of the others has more than half that many.
The Jets rank 30th overall, next-to-last in the NFL, in passing offense.
Still, McCourty is not about to take anything for granted.
“Yeah, I’ll definitely be getting in touch with [my brother] to talk about this upcoming game,” he said.
• Mike Reinfeldt, the Titans Chief Executive Officer, will serve on the board of the National Football League Foundation, a newly created charitable organization
The foundation will award grants to support youth and high school football programs, health and safety efforts and community health initiatives.
“I was honored that they asked me to serve on the NFL Foundation board,” Reinfeldt said in a release from the league. “I am looking forward to working with this distinguished group of board members; and as a group, we are excited about making a difference through the Foundation’s work.”