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Pair followed Ryan to Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — When Rex Ryan moved from Ravens defensive coordinator to Jets coach, there was never a doubt two of his top students, LB Bart Scott and SS Jim Leonhard, would move as well.

Both have played key roles in New York's No. 1-ranked defense.

"I wanted to see if I could be a part of that and keep the magic going," Scott said. "I owe a lot of my success to him because he took a chance on me."

Said Leonhard: "I think we both had a pretty good idea that we were going to follow Rex where he went after what he had done for our careers and the interest he showed us in Baltimore."

Ryan's brashness has been nothing new to Scott and Leonhard. But the main reason they would have followed Ryan anywhere has more to do with the way he is away from the microphones.

Both went undrafted, Scott joining the Ravens in 2002 and Leonhard in 2008 after three seasons with the Bills. Ryan showed faith in both; with Scott when he stepped in for Ravens legend Ray Lewis in 2005 and Leonhard for the injured Dawan Landry. Both stood out during last season's run to the AFC title game.

"Guys play for him because he takes so much for his players," Scott said. "He's on the front lines. He's not there watching. He's interacting; not just with the stars or somebody that's important, but the last man on the roster. I was the last man on the roster. I came here because I was honored that he chose to have his legacy intertwine with mine. I'm dedicated to seeing he's successful, not for myself, but for him."

Sticking around: WR Braylon Edwards said he hopes to finish his career with the Jets. New York's Newsday reported the Jets plan to tender an offer to the restricted free agent that would require a team to give up a first- and third-round pick if it signs him.

Edwards, a first-round pick in 2005, was traded in October after four-plus seasons with the Browns.

"I've seen one side, and this is another side, and I don't want to see another side," he said. "I think this is my side right here."

Jets injuries: DE Shaun Ellis sat out practice because of the broken left hand sustained Sunday but is expected to play. He said he'll have surgery to insert screws after the game. Scott (left ankle) and fellow LB David Harris (right ankle) were limited but also are likely to play.

Colts injuries: CB Jerraud Powers sat out practice with a foot injury but was the only Colt to miss the entire workout. Coach Jim Caldwell did not say which foot Powers injured or how he was hurt. The rookie played Saturday after missing three games with a hamstring injury. Before that, he started 12 of 13 games.

Quotable: "I really don't think that's relevant to this game. Certainly, the New York Jets have their own identity, and I think they do things differently than he did in Baltimore because of the personnel they have." — Colts QB Peyton Manning, on going 4-0 against Ryan-coached defenses.

Pair followed Ryan to Jets 01/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 4:35pm]
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