Rex Ryan has moved on from last season. He hopes New York Jets fans can, too.
The coach refused to tell frustrated Jets fans Monday to take their boos elsewhere, but also reminded them that this is a new season, with new hopes and expectations.
“I’m not going to say I’m disappointed in our fans, but I think we need to move forward,” Ryan said. “The things from the past are in the past. Let’s just focus on what we have in front of us. We’re all going to make mistakes. We’re all going to turn the ball over.
“We don’t like to, but those are things that are going to happen.”
The subject came up because Mark Sanchez, competing with rookie Geno Smith for the starting job, was booed loudly by some of the 6,000 fans at SUNY Cortland on Saturday night when he threw an interception during the team’s scrimmage. Sanchez had an NFL-leading 52 turnovers in the last two seasons, something that has left many fans hoping for Smith to win the job.
Antonio Cromartie, who made the interception, said Saturday he thought the reaction by fans was “bull” and added, “You don’t come out here and boo anybody.”
Ryan understands the fans’ disappointment, even if he didn’t particularly like the booing.
Dickson has slight tear
Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson has a slight tear in his hamstring and will be sidelined for at least a week.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Dickson is expected back by the first week of the regular season.
The Ravens are already thin at the tight end position after losing Dennis Pitta to a season-ending hip injury earlier in training camp.
Dickson had just 21 catches last year, but he had 54 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns in 2011.
Broncos lose lineman
Broncos right tackle Orlando Franklin limped off the field early during Monday’s practice with an injured hip and did not return.
Coach John Fox did not specify which hip and said the severity of the injury wasn’t known.
Franklin went down on the first play of team drills. While trainers attended to him, the offense and defense changed directions so they could keep practicing while Franklin was down on the field.
Franklin’s injury was the latest on Denver’s offensive line. After the third-year veteran went out, guard Louis Vasquez moved into his spot and recently signed Ryan Lilja moved to right guard. Manny Ramirez has been filling in at center while Chris Clark is playing left tackle in place of Ryan Clady, whose shoulder is still healing.
Packers’ Bulaga injured
The Green Bay Packers may be forced to shuffle their renovated offensive line after starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga reportedly suffered a season-ending knee injury during a weekend scrimmage.
Just three months ago, coach Mike McCarthy moved Bulaga from right tackle to left tackle, Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton from right guard to left guard, T.J. Lang from left guard to right guard and Marshall Newhouse, who started 28 games the past two seasons at left tackle, to right tackle.
McCarthy has said he moved Sitton to left guard to put the team’s two best offensive linemen together on the same side of the line, protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side. Sitton and Bulaga had also played next to one another since the 2010 season.