In the December matchup between the Patriots and Jets, Revis Island was a lonely place.



Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty has been named the Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Focus. The site, which deals in statistical analysis of the NFL, had three analysts look at the grades accumulated by every rookie over the course of the 2010 season, and came up with their Top 10. The Rutgers product took top honors.

According to reports from Jets practice, three key New York players -- wide receiver Santonio Holmes (quadriceps), offensive lineman Damien Woody (knee) and kick returner Brad Smith (groin) -- were held out of practice on Tuesday. However, Holmes hasn't missed any time, and Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Monday that he expects both Smith and Woody to play.

 

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FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Myron Pryor and linebacker Jermaine Cunningham were the only players missing from the start of Patriots practice as the team began on-field preparations for the Jets this Sunday in the AFC Divisional playoff at Gillette Stadium. 

 

FOXBORO -- The Patriots reported for practice on Tuesday outside Gillette Stadium and beforehand several Patriots took to the podium and attempted to diffuse any war of words with their opponent on Sunday - the New York Jets. 

 

The Patriots live by a series of core beliefs: Don’t believe the hype. Stay hungry and stay humble. Do your job. Well done is better than well said.



"I recognize this week, this is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan. There’s no question. It’s personal. This is about him against myself, and that’s what it’s going to come down to.



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Patriots coach Bill Belichik made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Monday afternoon and addressed Jets coach Rex Ryan‘s comments that the playoff game on Sunday will be about "about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan."

 

"I'm not worried about what they say, I'm worried about what we do," said Belichick. "I don't know, we're just getting ready to play."

 

Jets coach Rex Ryan gave his All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis the highest of praise on Monday, telling the assembled media at his press conference that Revis is the top player in the NFL. Revis shut down Reggie Wayne in the Jets win over the Colts, holding the wideout to just a single catch for one yard.

 

WEEI's Patriots Monday continued on the Dale & Holley show Monday afternoon with an appearance from Brandon Meriweather live from Gillette Stadium.

 

Meriweather was asked if he thought the Patriots' game plan for the Jets would change much from the team's previous meeting, a 45-3 New England victory. "I don't know," he said. "Bill and the coaching staff do a great job of getting us prepared. Would it be a lot different? I don't know.