By Tom E. Curran
One would think that a seven-touchdown defeat in their last meeting would make Rex Ryan want to tread a little lightly around the Patriots as they prepare for Sunday's Divisional Playoff game. But Rex doesn't tread that way, literally or figuratively. During a Monday morning press conference, Ryan cautioned Bill Belichick about having even one slip-up against the Jets, and said Peyton Manning would have watched football this past Saturday night instead of going to Broadway as Tom Brady did. Manning, of course, will now have all the time in the world to watch plays andor football since the season of the smartest quarterback the world's ever known is over. Ryan's press conference was dutifully tweeted by my buddy Bob Glauber at Newsday.Some of the captured comments were: "If (Belichick) slips at all, we're going to beat him."Ryan looks at tape (snuff film?) of the Patriots 45-3 win over the Jets "every day." (Hey, the man likes sucking feet, too . . . he's gotan odd set of hobbies). Ryan told Belichick during the postgame handshake he'd "see him in Round 3" and that Belichick didn't say anything but just looked at him. And there was the Brady drive-by as well. Bill Belichick has his conference call with us during the noon hour.Brady foreshadowed what we can expect. Speaking on WEEI this morning, Brady said, "If theres a bunch ofBS going around, Belichick doesnt buy into that. He doesnt buy into the reporters to make their job easy to give them a bunch of stories."No, he doesn't. And some days - most days - that sucks because he doesn't even meet us halfway. But while Ryan sees getting the media to chortle and making sure the hype machine is running hot as part of his job, that approach hasn't yet proven to be effective long-term. Ryan might be a lot more entertaining to cover. But a Jets' season doesn't figure to last as long as a Patriots one.
Tom E. Curran can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad.
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards.
With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.
With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster.
Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field.
Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.
The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.