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Previewing the Jets with beat writer Manish Mehta

By Jay Skurski

New York Daily News beat writer Manish Mehta joined me this afternoon to break down what's been an eventful offseason and training camp for the Jets. The full audio of the conversation is below, but here are three main questions as Sunday's game with the Buffalo Bills draws near.

Q: Just how much Tebow can we expect to see Sunday?

A: I think it’ll be an important part of the offense. I don’t think it’s going to be a handful of plays. It won’t be limited to a handful of plays I should say. I don’t know if it’s going to be 10 snaps, 15 snaps, but they didn’t keep all this a secret in the offseason just to roll it out once or twice against Buffalo. It’ll be an important part of what they do. I think ideally what they’d like is for that package to be a supplement to the offense run by Mark Sanchez. It won’t be a separate offense altogether, they won’t be running quarterbacks in and out.  It’s something I think they feel can be a nice little wrinkle, another dimension to what they want to do on offense.

Q: Antonio Cromartie made some waves during training camp when he said he could be the second-best receiver on the Jets. That’s not true is it? And who is the second-best receiver?

A: Well if you ask Cromartie that’s probably true. But, no, realistically speaking at this level, as talented and athletic as Cromartie is, he’s not their second-best pass-catching option. Their best receiver obviously is Santonio Holmes. The second-best option would be Dustin Keller, but when you look at it just from a receiver standpoint, I think Jeremy Curley if he’s healthy would be a guy that can make a contribution in this offense. He came on toward the end of last season as the slot receiver. That’s kind of where they had him pegged entering training camp but he was sidelined really for the duration of camp because of a hamstring injury. So if you’re looking at the weapons that Sanchez has around him, the first option would be Santonio Holmes, followed by Keller, then Jeremy Curley, Chaz Schillens and Stephen Hill after that.

Q: Could Rex Ryan’s job be in jeopardy if the Jets’ season implodes?

A: No. Absolutely not. I’ve been asked this question a lot and I think short of a complete collapse, something in the range of a two- or three-win season, I’m pretty confident that he’ll be back in 2013. Owner Woody Johnson loves the guy. Rex has obviously brought a lot of attention to this franchise and made them relevant, made them talked about. Obviously you want to produce on the field and you can’t take away the fact that this team did go to two consecutive AFC championship games in his first two seasons as a head coach in this league. So he has that success. He’s never had a losing season; they were 8-8 last year. Again, barring a major collapse on the field or something unforeseen off the field, I can’t imagine that Rex Ryan would not be back in 2013.

Mehta also talked about the Jets' new additions at safety, the chemistry in the locker room, and the expectations for rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill.

New York Daily News Jets beat writer Manish Mehta

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Jay Skurski

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Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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