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Rex Ryan poses as reporter to quiz Sammy Watkins about his son Seth

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) holds

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (14) holds his side after getting hit by Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Ryan Shazier (50) in the first quarter of a preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills. Watkins left the game after the play. Photo Credit: AP / Vincent Pugliese

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan made a little detour on his way to his news conference Wednesday.

While reporters were waiting for the Jets coach to arrive, Ryan was doing a little questioning of his own -- to Bills receiver Sammy Watkins.

Ryan -- whose youngest son, Seth, played at Clemson with Watkins -- jumped on the opponent conference call and pretended to be one of the writers.

"Sammy, I got a question. How did you help Seth Ryan out? How did he do out there?" Ryan asked, before turning his attention to serious matters. "And if you could really help him, you wouldn't play this game.

"This sounds like Rex Ryan -- I know it does -- but this is a reporter," he said, rather unconvincingly. Later, Ryan praised Watkins, saying he reminds him of the Falcons' Julio Jones and Bengals' A.J. Green.

"He's one of those guys that doesn't come around very often," Ryan said of Watkins. " . . . One of those kind of receivers, elite receivers."

Geno: Pats are in rearview

There were no moral victories for Geno Smith after last Thursday night's 27-25 loss to the Patriots. He was 20 of 34 for 226 yards and a touchdown and led a late comeback attempt. But when asked if he sees that loss as a building block for the offense, Smith replied: "No, we lost the game. That's that. I'm focused on the Bills."

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Trevor Reilly (knee) did not practice, and Eric Decker (hamstring), Greg Salas (wrist/ankle), David Harris (shoulder), Willie Colon (knee), Phillip Adams (groin) and Oday Aboushi (shoulder) were limited .

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