Rex Ryan thinks Braylon Edwards will be able to play Monday
Though the recently signed wideout has yet to practice fully because of a hamstring injury since rejoining his old team, Rex Ryan reiterated Saturday that he feels good about Edwards facing the Titans. "How much he'll play, we'll see, but I'm optimistic he'll be ready for Monday night," Ryan said via conference call.
Ryan wouldn't offer a ballpark snap total for Edwards, who was waived off injured reserve by the Seahawks last Monday and waiver-claimed by the Jets the following day. But Ryan did say he is "getting better each day."
On Wednesday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said his team believed Edwards' hamstring injury would force him to miss the remainder of the season, but the Jets' medical staff thought otherwise.
Though the system used by offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is completely new to Edwards, Ryan said his run-blocking ability was a factor in the Jets' decision to re-sign him.
"He definitely brings that mentality as a blocker, and everything else, that we certainly appreciate," Ryan said. "But really, it was just the overall thing; we've been kind of banged up at receiver and we were very familiar with Braylon and his attributes that he brings to the table. He's a smart guy and obviously competitive. And I absolutely do love the way he blocks. I guess you consider all those things when you bring a guy in."
Tebow a goAfter flip-flopping recently about Tim Tebow's health, Ryan said he feels good about the backup quarterback playing. "He practiced well again today," Ryan said Saturday, adding that Tebow practiced fully and is probable for the game. "So he looks good and he'll be ready to go on Monday."
On Thursday, Ryan said Tebow would not be used in the Wildcat or in punt protection, but on Friday, he said Tebow might resume his customary roles against the Titans.
Jet streamsRyan began his conference call by expressing condolences to the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. "Wow, it's amazing," he said. "Just wanted to say that all our thoughts and prayers go out to all those people there. Just a horrific deal that happened there." The Jets plan to wear decals on the back of their helmets Monday night to honor the victims. The decal -- which also will be worn Sunday by the Giants -- bears the letters "S.H.E.S.'' . . . TE Dustin Keller (ankle), WR Stephen Hill (knee), CB Aaron Berry (hamstring) and LB Bryan Thomas (chest) did not practice and are doubtful. NT Sione Po'uha (back) and WR Clyde Gates (concussion) were limited and are questionable. Ryan said Gates has one more test to pass before he'll be medically cleared to play . . . The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Jets FB John Conner. The Bengals' win over the Eagles Thursday night means the Jets must beat the Titans to stay alive in the wild-card race.