Happy To Be Back In Green
Florham Park, NJ – The Jets welcomed back a familiar face on Wednesday when they signed nose tackle Howard Green to a two-year contract. Green, who will be called upon to replace the production in the middle of the defensive line left by the injury to Kris Jenkins on Monday night, was cut by the Redskins last week in their final flurry of personnel moves to get under the roster limit.
“It feels really good to be back, to be back here,” Green told GreenAndWhiteReport. “This is a good place, we did good things last year. I’m happy to be back.”
Much like he did last year after Jenkins suffered a knee injury in October, the eight-year NFL veteran will partner with Sione Pouha in the Jets’ 3-4 scheme. In 2009, Green had 23 tackles, the second highest total of his career. He also is in excellent shape, he says, having gone through training camp with the Redskins.
But Green also says that it is a tall order to replace a player like Jenkins, who may be the most dominant nose tackle in the league and a player who perfectly fits what the Jets do defensively.
“It isn’t going to be me, it isn’t going to be one person, it is going to be a total team effort,” Green said of replacing a Pro Bowl player like Jenkins. “We all need to do our part and step up the effort.”
Green said that the return to New York is one that excites him. Citing his familiarity with the defense and the scheme, Green said that he feels like he can step right in and contribute.
“I’m real happy, it feels good to be back here in this locker room,” Green said. “This is where I wanted to be after everything happened last week, and I’m real glad about being here and trying to make us win.”
His teammates are pleased by the signing.
“It is real good to have him here with us again, someone who knows our defense but also knows and understands what we do around here,” defensive end Shaun Ellis said. “Howard knows us all and knows how we play. That’s a huge plus right now for us.”
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