Any time Rex Ryan brings his hype machine to Gillette it means fans will be subjected to an inordinate amount of blustering and hot air.
But the reality is, this year's version of the Jets is different from the ones that used to embody Ryan's swagger and intimidation.
Earlier on Friday, Felger and Mazz discussed the New York defense and what it looks like without Darrelle Revis.
"This is a good spot for them," said Felger. "This is a good time to get the Jets."
A pretty tame response compared to what Mazz had to say.
"I can't see any way that the Jets win this game. And I said the same thing last week about Seattle and it bit me in the ass. But here's the difference, the Jets don't have the defense Seattle does. Not anymore. It is not nearly the dominating and imposing defense it was two years ago. In fact, I think it's relatively mediocre. I think the Patriots are going to have their way offensively."
The New England secondary was shredded by a rookie quarterback last week, so it's likely the Jets will put up some points, even though they've been wildly inconsistent on that front all season. But it doesn't seem likely that the New York defense will be able to slow down the Patriots on offense, so any ground they make up against a porous secondary is likely to be wiped out on the other side of the ball.
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The Boston Celtics shocked many on draft night last week when they selected French forward Guerschon Yabusele with the 16th overall pick.
Well here’s another unexpected twist involving Yabusele: He said he plans to be on the Celtics’ summer league team which begins play next week in Salt Lake City.
“My agent is working in France to do something for me, to be able to play in summer league,” Yabusele said.
Like most NBA rookies, Yabusele is eager to get on the floor and get his first taste of NBA basketball this summer.
“That’s a dream come true,” Yabusele said. “When I was young thinking about the NBA all the time. I knew it would happen at some point.”
But the 20-year-old forward isn’t focused on testing the NBA waters and returning to overseas play soon.
“Not just stay three years or four, but stay all my life in the NBA,” he said.
Yabusele made the announcement following the Boston Celtics’ rookies (minus Ante Zizic) all participating in a basketball clinic at the Madison Park Community Center as the Boston Celtics celebrated their 50th Renovation project since 2008.
The news isn’t quite as optimistic for fellow international Celtic Ante Zizic who is not likely to have his contract situation overseas worked out in enough time to join Boston for summer league play in Salt Lake City and afterwards in Las Vegas.
Still, Yabusele getting a shot to play now is huge both for his own personal growth and that of the Celtics to get a better feel for how their first-round pick stacks up against fellow rookies and young teammates like Jordan Mickey.
This past season, Yabusele averaged 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes with Rouen Metropole Basket in the LNB Pro A league in France. He appeared in 34 games and grabbed 10 or more rebounds 11 times while tallying eight double-doubles.