Jets' many flaws clear in loss to Texans

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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New York's receiving corps is so thin, even free agent Terrell Owens tweeted at the Jets — practically begging them — to call his agent to sign him.

"You never say never or anything," Ryan said when asked about Owens. "We'll look at all options, like we always do."

But it appears the Jets have no interest in Owens — or Plaxico Burress or Chad Johnson, for that matter.

"I would assume we would go with the same crew," Ryan said.

That means, for now, it's Schilens, Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates — who was scheduled to have an MRI on an injured shoulder — and newly signed Jason Hill — who dropped a perfectly thrown pass from Tebow.

Ryan thinks Keller, who has missed the last four games, might be back against Indianapolis on Sunday.

"I'm encouraged," he said. "When I talked to Dustin last, he felt he was going to be able to go this week, so I think that will give us a huge boost."

Ryan was also hopeful about Stephen Hill being able to return, and that can only help Sanchez.

Meanwhile, Tebow was on the field for only seven offensive plays when many expected this to be his big breakout game for the Jets. He ran for a first down on a fake punt, and also took a snap and rumbled 13 yards up the middle for another first down. But that was about it for Tebow, who is doing his best to hide any perceived frustration about his minimal role.

There was also some confusion at times Monday night, forcing the Jets to call timeouts when Tebow ran onto the field. That was caused, in part, by inexperienced players not being clear on personnel groups — not just Tebow.

"I think when you have a guy and you just pick up a guy and he's with you for four days and he has to go in, he hasn't practiced any of that stuff with Tim as a quarterback," Ryan said, apparently referring to Jason Hill. "So if you call the package, for whatever reason, we had some issues with the substitutions."

Just add it to a lengthy list of things the Jets are trying to fix these days.

"For us to be 2-3 right now," Schilens said, "is not indicative of who we are."

NOTES: C Nick Mangold was expected to have an MRI exam on his right ankle, but the fact he was able to return to the game after being carted from the sideline was a promising sign. Ryan told 98.7 ESPN that he expects Mangold to play vs. Indianapolis. ... LB Josh Mauga has a torn pectoral muscle, and will miss the rest of the season, according to a person with knowledge of the injury. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the severity of the injury. ... DT Kenrick Ellis is believed to have sprained a knee ligament, but it was uncertain how much time he may miss. ... Former Bills and Raiders OT Ed Wang tweeted that he had a workout with the Jets, but headed home without being signed.

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