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Jets pick up returner Darius Reynaud

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman breaks up

San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman breaks up a pass intended for Tennessee Titans running back Darius Reynaud in the first quarter. (Oct. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

In serious need of a healthy return specialist, the Jets signed Darius Reynaud Tuesday and placed Josh Cribbs on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

The Jets signed Cribbs in October after they were forced to put receiver Clyde Gates on IR with a shoulder injury. But Cribbs was forced to leave in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Miami.

Reynaud, who played for the Vikings and Giants from 2008-10, played 23 games with the Titans the last two seasons. Tennessee released him Oct. 21. He has averaged 22.5 yards on kick returns in five seasons. The 5-9, 201-pounder has one kick-return touchdown, two punt-return TDs and has averaged 9.7 yards on punt returns.

Mo: 'Rex is my guy'

If the Jets' skid continues, Rex Ryan may be out of a job. But Muhammad Wilkerson defended his coach during his weekly radio spot on WFAN Tuesday.

"Rex is my guy," the star defensive end said.

"I love the guy as the coach. He's a great guy with great character. I always play my tail off for him and this organization and my family and for myself . . . As far as him not being here or anything, I have no control over that. But I will play my heart out for my coach and my organization."

Rex: Garrard is our No. 3

Quarterback David Garrard maintains he's healthy and that his balky knee is no longer an issue. But he's remained inactive since he was re-signed in October and wasn't even a consideration when Geno Smith struggled in Sunday's 23-3 loss to the Dolphins.

"David's here really as the third quarterback," Ryan said a day after he replaced Smith with Matt Simms. "To try to provide some experience and leadership and help with the two young quarterbacks."

Garrard said the front office never indicated he would be able to compete for playing time or that he would be a viable option if Smith faltered.

"I'm not really puzzled because I'm kind of used to everything," Garrard, 35, said. "They have their reasons why they're sticking with Geno and Matt. I'm here to support those guys and just be ready if my number is called. I can't worry about what they're thinking in their meeting room. I just have to be ready for myself."

Winslow tabs Pats

Kellen Winslow Jr. tweeted his picks Monday night for the AFC and NFC title games. "I got the pats vs broncos in AFC championship game and Panthers vs Seahawks in NFC championship," the Jets tight end said in a Twitter reply to free-agent receiver Donté Stallworth.

Although Winslow's predictions aren't all that surprising, he's still part of a team that hasn't -- at least mathematically -- been eliminated from playoff contention.

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