(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer Rex Ryan is still feeling good about his defense.
Sure, the New York Jets have a handful of new faces. And, yes, there are a couple of injuries to deal with. But none of that is keeping Ryan from issuing a bold prediction: The Jets will rank among the top 5 defenses in the NFL this season.
''We will be,'' Ryan said Tuesday. ''Right now, we're not there. Obviously, we have to make some improvements, especially from this past week. I'm certainly confident that we'll be where we always are - or better.''
Defense is Ryan's bread and butter, and a top-notch performance this season will be counted on for a team that is still unsure whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith will be the quarterback of an offense that lacks playmakers.
That's not an issue on defense, despite the trade of Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay in April and linebacker Quinton Coples being sidelined indefinitely with a fractured ankle.
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