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Christmas Eve loss to Giants still stings Jets

Rex Ryan looks on during training camp in

Rex Ryan looks on during training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (July 30, 2012) Credit: AP

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- It's been almost eight months, but that Christmas Eve game still stings.

"There are a lot of things you'd like to erase in your memory," Rex Ryan said of the Jets' 29-14 loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants. "But that unfortunately will stay in there."

Victor Cruz's 99-yard touchdown in the second quarter not only gave the Giants the lead but also helped dash the Jets' hopes of a third straight playoff berth. And tomorrow night, the two teams will meet for the first time since then.

Ryan said he won't game plan for their rematch, but instead of the vanilla offense they ran against the Bengals in the preseason opener, the Jets will have a few wrinkles planned -- make that sprinkles. "Vanilla ice cream and maybe some sprinkles on it. How's that?" he said.

So has Giants coach Tom Coughlin called to ask Ryan not to use the Wildcat? "No," Ryan said. "I don't think he cares. He's a world champion."

Tebow on Demps

The Jets asked Tim Tebow for a scouting report on his former Florida teammate Jeff Demps, but Tebow said that's as far as he took his recruitment.

"Yeah, they asked me about him," the backup quarterback said, adding that he's talked to Demps only as "a friend."

Demps' agent, Daniel Rose, said on Wednesday that a deal with an NFL team likely would be reached within 24 hours, but yesterday Ryan refused to discuss the Jets' interest in Demps, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic 4 x 100 relay team that won a silver medal in London.

Tebow would welcome a reunion. "Would we love to have him? Absolutely," he said. "I would as a teammate, just because I know how hard he works and what he can bring to the table."

Jet streams

Ryan called his wide receiver corps "a M*A*S*H unit" after rookie Jordan White was forced to sit out with knee swelling. His status for Saturday's game is unclear. Wide receivers Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), Chaz Schilens (ankle) and Santonio Holmes (back) are out, along with safety Eric Smith (MCL sprain) and nose tackle Sione Po'uha (back). Right tackle Wayne Hunter is expected to play . . . Starters likely will play a half against the Giants, but veteran right guard Brandon Moore and safety LaRon Landry may play only a quarter.

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