FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - For Browns coach Mike Pettine, facing the Jets will be "like looking at a mirror.''
"They're big, physical, ability to stop the run, but with that you have to have great corners outside,'' said Pettine, who was the Jets' defensive coordinator under Rex Ryan from 2009-12.
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"To me, it's a pressure defense, it's a 'get up in your face and dare you to move the ball.' And obviously Todd [Bowles] I have a lot of respect for. He's had success other places and it certainly looks like he's brought it to New York.''
Sure, there may be some similarities, but there's one big difference, according to former Brown Buster Skrine.
"I feel like we're a little bit more aggressive than when I was in Cleveland,'' said the cornerback, who signed with the Jets in March. "We've got all the tools to be as aggressive as Bowles wants us to be.''
Homecoming for Catapano
Although it's his third season in the NFL, Mike Catapano is still "a little star-struck.'' Even after the Bayville native signed to the Jets' practice squad following a Tuesday workout, he still can't believe he's back in the metropolitan area.
"It's crazy,'' the Chaminade and Princeton alumnus said. "I'm still a little star-struck just seeing the green and white because you grow up watching guys like Wayne Chrebet and Curtis Martin.
"I loved Kansas City and I'm very thankful for that opportunity there. But this is the New York Jets, to be honest. This is the team that I grew up watching, so it's different.''
WR Devin Smith (ribs) practiced for the first time but was limited. So were DE Leonard Williams (calf), LB Erin Henderson (knee) and S Jaiquawn Jarrett (shoulder).