Jets safety Kerry Rhodes is still stung from his temporary demotion as a starter after the Jets' 31-14 loss to the Patriots on Nov. 22. And even though he has been reinstated after seeing backup duty to Eric Smith, Rhodes is still uncertain about whether he'll figure into the team's long term plans.
"Right now, I don't want to say 'I dont' want to be here' or 'they don't want me here,' because I don't know yet," Rhodes said. "We're in a situation we can do some things and make the playoffs. I’m a part of that. I'm just trying carry on and see where the chips go from there."
Rhodes said he has received assurances by Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum that the team does consider him an important player and that the Jets want him to return next season. But Rhodes is still unsure whether that will happen.
"I've talked to Mike, and he said of course they want me here," Rhodes said. "For me, I don't know how to take it really, and I'm going to just play it by ear and do what I can to help the team. After the season, we'll re-evaluate it then."
Rhodes credits head coach Rex Ryan for remaining in frequent communication.
"Rex calls me all the time to make sure we get past the situation," Rhodes said.
I mentioned to Rhodes that Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, also demoted in the rotation, has chosen to take a positive spin on the move and is not expressing any reservations about the team or the coaching staff.
"I'm just going about it the best way I can," Rhodes said. "I’m sure I’m not perfect, but I’m just going to play this thing out. I’m not going to be a problem. When it first happened, I could have not shown up and been a problem, just said let them take my money. I just came here and did my job, and that's all I'm going to do."