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Jets new cornerback Aaron Berry glad Rex Ryan gave him second chance

Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry (32) stretches during

Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry (32) stretches during NFL football practice in Allen Park, Mich. (June 4, 2012) Credit: AP

All Aaron Berry wanted was a second chance. And Rex Ryan was one of the few people willing to give it to him.

The Jets new cornerback practiced with the team Wednesday -- a week after being reinstated by the NFL following a three-game suspension for violating the team's conduct policy.

"He pretty much told me he's a guy that gives people second chances," Berry said in front of his new locker Wednesday. " . . . He just wants me to come in here and respect everybody in the locker room and just be disciplined. If they take me in, then I won't make the same mistake as I did before."

In June, the former Detroit Lion was arrested on suspicion of DUI and subsequently entered the league's substance-abuse program. A few weeks later, he was accused of pointing a gun at three people in Harrisburg, Pa. On Monday, the Jets signed him to two-year deal to shore up a secondary that now is without Darrelle Revis.

Berry, 24, expects it to take a few weeks before he feels comfortable. But he feels somewhat at ease considering the Jets use a lot of man-coverage. "I did relatively well in Detroit," he said.


No word on Keller

It's been three weeks since Dustin Keller (hamstring) took the field on game day, and Ryan wouldn't say whether his tight end would face the Texans on Monday night. Keller and rookie Stephen Hill (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. "I'm not really sure where he is," the Jets coach said, referring to Keller's recovery. "Maybe we'll know more about it in the next couple of days."


Ryan: Greene still No. 1

Ryan said Shonn Greene still is his No. 1 running back, despite Bilal Powell starting vs. San Francisco and getting 32 snaps, compared to Greene's 18 snaps.

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