Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said Monday that the strained groin that kept him out of the last two games was getting better.
As to whether he’d play against the Patriots, who are also 9-2: “You’ve got to read between the lines on this one,” he said. “Division game. Division game.”
More like the game of the century. Well, at least the game of the year. And as such, the AFC East co-leading Jets (9-2) will want to have all their ammunition.
Cotchery, with 29 catches for 315 yards and two TDs, took some limited work as the Jets shook off a three-day weekend with a 90-minute workout Monday.
It’s no surprise for Cotchery to be gnashing at the bit, however. With a victory already over the Patriots, a win in Foxborough, Mass., on Monday night would secure the division tiebreaker.
To coach Rex Ryan, though, it’s all about beating the best. They even geared their draft toward beating the Patriots.
“We tried to build our team to win a Super Bowl,” Ryan said Monday, adding that they drafted first-round defensive back Kyle Wilson specifically with the thought of containing the Patriots’ deep wide receiver corps in mind. “We thought to win a Super Bowl, you have to beat the Patriots.”