September 11, 2013

Patriots Beat: Short week a tall order in the NFL

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Matthew Mulligan

Vince Wilfork
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Vince Wilfork said making adjustments during the game will be crucial Thursday for the Pats vs. the Jets.

The Associated Press


WHO: Patriots (1-0) vs. N.Y. Jets (1-0)

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Gillette Stadium




The Patriots re-signed Matthew Mulligan, the tight end from West Enfield and the University of Maine who was cut last week.

Running back Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, meaning he must miss eight weeks. He broke his wrist Sunday against the Bills.

Ninkovich, who has more fumble recoveries (10) than any other NFL player over the last four years, said the sideline changes aren't huge, just a little tinkering here and there. But they are crucial.

"You get into the game, you see the things that they're trying to do against you," he said. "You get to the sidelines, you talk to the coaches, you look at the pictures, you try to make your adjustments on the fly."

The Patriots obviously have studied tape of the Jets from the preseason and from their opener against Tampa Bay, focusing on the new players such as quarterback Geno Smith. But, said Ninkovich, you know the Jets will have something special for the Patriots.

"We're the Patriots and there's always going to be a change-up for us," he said.

Well, according to Jets Coach Rex Ryan, if you didn't throw something different at the Patriots, you're just asking to lose.

"If they know 100 percent of what you're in, you're in trouble," Ryan said Tuesday. "I hope they don't know what we're in 100 percent of the time."

Wilfork said the short week is just another challenge facing an NFL team.

Next week the Patriots will have a long week to prepare for their third game, against Tampa Bay.

"At this point," said Wilfork, "all we can do is prepare the best we can."

And hope that it's enough.

"Whether it's easy or hard, the New York Jets are dealing with the same circumstances," said receiver Julian Edelman. "Whoever prepares better is going to have the best game Thursday. That's what we're trying to do here."

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