NFL Capsule: Jets at Jaguars

NFL Capsule: Jets at Jaguars

NEW YORK JETS (5-7) At JACKSONVILLE (2-10)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - Jets by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD -New York 6-6; Jacksonville 6-6

SERIES RECORD - Jaguars lead 6-3

AP PRO32 RANKING - Jets No. 23; Jaguars No. 32

LAST MEETING - Jets beat Jaguars 32-3, Sept. 18, 2011

LAST WEEK - Jets beat Cardinals 7-6; Jaguars lost to Bills 34-18

JETS OFFENSE - OVERALL (29), RUSH (12), PASS (28)

JETS DEFENSE - OVERALL (10), RUSH (29), PASS (4)

JAGUARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (32), PASS (24)

JAGUARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (31), RUSH (31), PASS (28)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Jets QB Mark Sanchez gets start week after being replaced by third-stringer Greg McElroy. Sanchez had two TD passes in last game against Jaguars. ... Backup QB Tim Tebow (ribs) hopes to be active as he plays second NFL game in hometown. Tebow opened career at Jacksonville, losing 24-17 as Denver's backup QB in 2010. ... Jets 6-0 when Shonn Greene runs for at least 100 yards. ... Landry brothers - Jets S LaRon Landry and Jaguars S Dawan Landry - play first regular-season game against each other. They squared off in preseason in 2009 and 2010, when LaRon played for Washington and Dawan played for Baltimore. ``LaRon's a little bit more explosive and faster,'' said Jets LB Bart Scott, who has played with both brothers. ``But, Dawan, definitely you can tell is the big brother.'' ... Jaguars 3-0 vs. Jets at home. ... Jaguars QB Chad Henne went 3-1 vs. Jets as starter with Miami, throwing six TD passes and an interception. ... Cecil Shorts III has TD reception in four consecutive games, tying franchise record held by Reggie Williams (2007). Shorts has five TD catches of at least 20 yards, tying club record held by Jimmy Smith (2000, 2004) and Williams (2007). ... Jaguars likely will be without RB Maurice Jones-Drew (foot) for at least another week, and with Rashad Jennings (concussion) and Jalen Parmele (groin) also sidelined, special teams ace Montell Owens takes over starting job. ... Jaguars removed one section of tarps covering seats because of demand for tickets, likely because of Tebow's homecoming.

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Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens

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Secretary of Navy weighs in on Reynolds' service, availability for Ravens

The Secretary of the Navy expressed confidence Thursday that sixth-round draft pick Keenan Reynolds will be able to play for the Ravens next season. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, Ray Mabus said there should be ways for Reynolds to fulfill his Navy obligations while pursuing his NFL career.

“If I was an NFL team I would want Keenan Reynolds in my locker room,” Mabus said on the show. “Keenan Reynolds is a great ambassador for not only the United States Navy but the United States military. I’m confident we can work something out so Keenan can do both, play and serve…I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he can do both.”

The Ravens were hopeful that Reynolds would be allowed to play, but said they would abide by whatever decision made by the Navy. Reynolds was a star quarterback at Navy, but will try to forge an NFL career as a wide receiver-punt returner. Reynolds is scheduled to participate in this weekend’s Ravens rookie minicamp.

A precedent for Reynolds being allowed to play has already been set. The Patriots drafted long snapper Joe Cardona in the fifth round last season, and he played all of last season while also working at a Naval Preparatory Academy in Rhode Island.

Reynolds could be a busy man as well next season, juggling Navy responsibilities with football. However, Reynolds has long dreamed of playing in the NFL, and Mabus’ comments were a positive sign.

Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Alex Lewis

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Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Alex Lewis

Here are three things you should know about Ravens fourth-round pick (130), offensive tackle Alex Lewis.

1. Lewis overcame a bad off-the-field incident in college.

After an altercation with an Air Force cadet that left the cadet unconscious, Lewis was sentenced to 45 days in jail for third-degree assault. Afterward, he transferred from Colorado to Nebraska. After researching Lewis thoroughly, the Ravens felt comfortable enough to take a chance on him.

“In terms of the incident, we vet all of our guys,” said Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz. “It’s out there, people know about it, and we’ve discussed it. Our scouts do a great job of not only talking to the coaches there, but following up with the staff at Colorado as well. And we felt very comfortable after discussing with the staffs at both schools and finding out information from different reports, and then as well as talking to the kid about the incident.”

2. Lewis will compete for a backup tackle spot.

Whether the Ravens keep Eugene Monroe or not, Lewis has a chance to be the backup left tackle if he can beat out James Hurst. Lewis could also become the backup right tackle behind Rick Wagner.

3. Lewis was selected a team captain at Nebraska.

That speaks highly of what teammates and coaches thought of him, and how he rebounded from his past troubles.

Alex Lewis was at grocery store when Ravens tried to draft him

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Alex Lewis was at grocery store when Ravens tried to draft him

Ravens offensive tackle Alex Lewis was tough to reach when the Ravens drafted him.

Lewis was at the grocery store when the Ravens called. That became a problem. The cell phone signal was bad between Lewis and general manager Ozzie Newsome, and Newsome didn’t have much time, with another pick to make soon.

Newsome finally gave up trying to speak to Lewis, and told coach John Harbaugh to call Lewis’ house.

“So I get on the phone with his mom, and I’m going, ‘Is Alex there?’", Harbaugh told reporters when the draft ended.

“And she goes, ‘No, he’s not. May I ask who is calling?’ I’m like, ‘It’s John Harbaugh, with the Ravens.’ She goes, ‘Oh, well how I can I help you?’ I said, ‘Well, we were hoping that Alex would become a Baltimore Raven, and we’re thinking about drafting him. Is he there right now?’ (She said), ‘No, he just stepped out and he went to the store, but he’ll be back in a little while.’ I’m just going, ‘He’s at the store! What do we do now?’ She goes, ‘Now who is this team again?’

Lewis returned from his grocery run a short time later, spoke to Harbaugh, and all was well. It made for a draft experience the Ravens and Lewis won’t soon forget.