Mark the Jets as one team that’s not taking Jimmy Garoppolo lightly.
Asked Monday about the possibility of Tom Brady’s absence opening the door for them in the AFC East, the Jets said all the right things.
“(Jimmy) Garoppolo can play,” New York coach Todd Bowles told the Daily News. “They don’t worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It’s theirs until somebody takes it from them.
“They got a good team,” Bowles added. “It’s not just us. It’s everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They’re a tough team. They’re a tough out. They’ve had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There’s a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They’ve found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to.”
Are the Patriots more vulnerable now without Brady for the first quarter of the season?
”I don’t know,” said New York defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson. “I don’t like playing the Patriots when (Brady is) not on the field. I like knocking the top dogs off their chair. Personally, I like the challenge. I like going against the best. He’s one of the best. Probably the best to ever play.”
That’s not to suggest that Richardson has gone soft on the prospect of his division rivals.
“Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean I have to be disrespectful to them,” he said.
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