There’s no trepidation in Dwight Lowery’s voice.
Playing safety is nothing new for the three-year veteran, who will start in Eric Smith’s place Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. Though he’s been a cornerback for most of his time with the Jets, Lowery said his two years of playing safety at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif. -- before transferring to San Jose State -- have prepared him well.
“This is a place that I’m familiar playing in,” he said of the safety position. “It’s a place where I really started my whole career and it’s a place I feel comfortable playing. Obviously throughout the season I’ve been back there a little bit, obviously not extensively as I will be this week. But at the same time I’m relying on coaching and just relying on my instincts and knowing how to play the game to really get me through it.
“I’m not brand new to this position. I know I get looked at as a corner a lot. But in my mind, I’m a football player. And now I’m playing a position where I get to play more football so I’m good.”
Aside from Smith (concussion), DE Trevor Pryce (hip) and RT Damien Woody (knee) are ruled out for Sunday. S James Ihedigbo, who was limited in practice today, is questionable.
CB Darrelle Revis also was limited against in practice, but he is probable for Sunday’s game. So are C Nick Mangold (shoulder), NT Sione Pouha (finger) and WR Brad Smith (hand).
In other news, the Jets re-signed WR Patrick Turner to the practice squad two days after releasing him from the active roster to make room for DT Jarron Gilbert.