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Jets' defense has plenty of work to do

Darrelle Revis has drawn the assignment of shadowing

Darrelle Revis has drawn the assignment of shadowing Patriots receiver Randy Moss during Sunday's game. (August 12, 2009) Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

Rex Ryan was looking forward to seeing his entire starting defense play together for the first time all preseason, thanks to the return of Pro Bowlers Kris Jenkins and Darrelle Revis.

Even with the massive nose tackle and lockdown cornerback back in the mix, though, it's quite obvious the Jets still have plenty of work to do if they are to make good on their preseason prediction that they'll be one of the top defenses in the NFL.

The Jets' defense had its struggles early against the Giants, racking up the penalty yardage and giving the Giants a couple of gift first downs. They were flagged for four penalties - Lito Sheppard alone had two pass-interference penalties - and didn't get a ton of pressure on Eli Manning.

The Giants' total yardage could've been a lot greater if Steve Smith hadn't flat-out dropped Manning's potential 90-yard bomb when the Giants were backed up at their 10 on their second series of the game.

At least the Jets' first-team defense finally recorded its first two turnovers of the preseason. But they weren't pleased with the rash of penalties. They were called for offsides twice on consecutive plays during the game's first series.

"That's clearly not a way to start a game,'' Ryan said. "We had like three offsides penalties right in a row. I don't know why that is. It seemed like we just jumped for some reason.''

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After failing to have their starting offensive line intact for the first two preseason games, the Jets had their entire line out there to protect rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Right tackle Damien Woody made his preseason debut, which came five days after left guard Alan Faneca shook off his broken left middle finger to make a surprise start against the Ravens.

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RB Shonn Greene, nursing sore ribs, was the Jets' only inactive player . . . WR David Clowney spent more time working with the first-team offense but didn't have a catch with the unit . . . LB Vernon Gholston, starting in place of LB Calvin Pace, wasn't much of a factor and had only one tackle.

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