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Rex names captains, starters to play one quarter Monday

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes smiles

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes smiles after making a catch during a morning walkthrough at training camp at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. (Aug. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

When Rex Ryan called Darrelle Revis into his office this morning, the All-Pro cornerback wasn't quite sure what to expect.

"Yes, that’s like the principal’s office when you go in there," Revis said after the morning walkthrough. "I didn’t know what he was going to say and he said that I’m going to be wearing the capital letter “C” on my jersey."

But he's not alone.

Along with Revis, Ryan revealed the team's other three players -- outside of Mark Sanchez, who was already named a captain before training camp -- he's dubbed season-long captains.

Defensive tackle Sione Pouha joins Revis as a defensive captain, wideout Santonio Holmes will serve as an offensive captain with Sanchez, and safety Eric Smith heads Mike Westhoff's special teams unit. There was no vote taken, no secret ballots cast.

The decisions were all on Ryan, who also plans on keeping his tradition of having rotating game captains as well.

"This is something I chose," Ryan said, "and I chose these guys based on what I see on the practice field, the game field, the classroom, and their leadership and what they mean to their units -- the pride and everything else. That's what I'm looking for in those individuals. 

"It's kind of an interesting mix when you look at it."


About a quarter.

That's how long Rex said he plans on going with the starters in Monday's preseason opener against the Texans at Reliant Stadium. That includes safety Jim Leonhard, who's marking his return to game action for the first time since breaking his leg in December

"It's been a long process, but I feel great right now," Leonhard said. "It's been nice coming back and kind of easing me into training camp a little bit. But then the last week, I've been able to do everything. So I'm really looking forward to getting on the field here on Monday."

Don't think the Jets are happy to have the quarterback of their defense on the field once again? Just listen to Revis explain what Leonhard's absence meant to the Jets. 

"We missed him a lot," Revis said. "We felt like our season was over with."


WR Derrick Mason is looking forward to his Jets' debut on Monday, and said he's not keeping a watchful eye on what the Ravens are doing.

Mason's former team acquired wide receiver Lee Evans from the Bills yesterday, hoping he'd be a compliment to Anquan Boldin after Mason decided to come here and the Ravens passed on picking up former Jet Plaxico Burress.

Mason had little reaction to the Ravens picking up Evans.

"Whatever they need to do," Mason said. "I'm not concerned with them any longer. I'll be concerned with them in Week 4 or 5 or whenever we play them. I've got a lot of friends over there and I hope they do well. But as far as that, I think I'm on the best team in football right now."


The punter battle is heating up.

Early on in camp, Australian native Chris Bryan was booming punts with his left-footed approach, seemingly taking control of things. But T.J. Conley has been coming on of late and Ryan is liking what he's seeing out of Conley, a second-year player who's probably running out of chances. 


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