Ryan downplays Cromartie's comments


Ryan downplays Cromartie's comments

By Tom E. Curran

FOXBORO - Rex Ryan wasn't aware that Antonio Cromartie gave an unkind review of Tom Brady when he jumped on a conference call Wednesday morning. And he wasn't real concerned about it when apprised of the comments during the call. "We respect New England, but we don't fear 'em," Ryan said in a rambling defenseexplanation of Cromartie's viewpoint. "A comment like that . . . the fact is that, they're the enemy this week. "Realistically, I'm sure it was basically just a comment that he made," added Ryan. "Trust me, they're saying a lot worse about me and others here. Maybe it just wasn't printed."Invoking the United States Constitution, Ryan also said, "In this country, you're allowed to have opinions."

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list


Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.