Jets Q&A: Beating Tom Brady a nice birthday present for Muhammad Wilkerson

Muhammad Wilkerson reacts after a defensive stop against

Muhammad Wilkerson reacts after a defensive stop against the New England Patriots in the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. (Oct. 20, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

What did the young Jets say about beating Tom Brady?

Sheldon Richardson wasn't interested in a history lesson.

When asked about beating New England on Sunday after five straight losses to the Patriots, the defensive tackle said with a sly smile: "I'm 1-1 against the Patriots. I don't do the past."



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"Every game is a must-win, it's not just because it's the Patriots," Muhammad Wilkerson said. "But it does make it that much better, being that it's a division opponent."

The third-year pro said the 30-27 overtime win over the first-place Patriots was somewhat personal. "My birthday's Tuesday," said Wilkerson, who'll turn 24. "So I'm definitely going to have a better birthday than the past two years."

 

Was Josh Cribbs surprised that he was used so much in his Jets debut?

Actually, Cribbs promised there's "more to come."

After signing Cribbs on Tuesday, Jets general manager John Idzik told him, "I want you to plug in and play right now," according to Cribbs. And after visiting with the Jets three times since the spring, the newest Jet said he expected to see action on special teams and on offense -- especially in the Wildcat.

"I visited the Jets early on in the year and they were introducing me to the Wildcat then," Cribbs said, adding that he had familiarity with running backs coach Anthony Lynn because of their time together in Cleveland.

Cribbs carried the ball three times out of the Wildcat for 14 yards, ran back three punts for 44 yards and returned one kickoff for 17 yards.

Cribbs, who spent the offseason rehabbing from a torn meniscus, said Idzik stressed to him the importance of conditioning during his visits. "[He said], 'I want you to work hard,' and that's exactly what I did,'' Cribbs said. "I worked hard and I'm ready to go."

 

What did Geno Smith say about beating Brady?

Smith is the only quarterback since the 1970 merger with four game-winning drives in either the fourth quarter or overtime in his first seven NFL games. But the rookie took no personal satisfaction in topping a future Hall of Famer.

"There is none," Smith said. "Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks to play this game and I'm a rookie quarterback in this league. So the personal satisfaction for me is to get a victory for every single guy in that locker room."

Smith may not have been impressed with himself, but Mark Sanchez was. The veteran quarterback tweeted "I see u G! Nice run" after Smith scampered 8 yards for a TD that put the Jets up 24-21 in the third quarter. Sanchez -- who competed with Smith for the starting job before a season-ending shoulder injury -- was spotted in the locker room after the game with his right shoulder in a sling.

 

Where was Bilal Powell?

Despite calling Powell the most underrated player in the league a few weeks ago, coach Rex Ryan decided to go with the hot hand against the Patriots -- Chris Ivory.

The bruising back had a breakout performance with career highs in yards (104) and carries (34). But the absence of Powell was surprising, considering he had started all but one game this season.

"I looked and Bilal only carried the ball three times [for 6 yards]," Ryan said, adding that nagging neck and shoulder injuries weren't a factor in Powell's lack of action. "But Ivory had the hot hand and we fed him."

 

Speaking of injuries . . .

Quinton Coples walked out of MetLife Stadium in a sharp suit -- and a wrap around his left hand. It's unclear when the second-year outside linebacker was injured, but he managed four tackles and a sack. Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner suffered a scare when he was forced to leave the game after slowly getting up after a play. The 2013 first-round pick, who had played in only three previous games because of various injuries, returned to action a short time later. Antonio Allen, who had a pick-6 against Brady, also left the game briefly because of a right shin injury. "It's a little sore," he said, but the injury didn't seem serious.

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