"Honestly, I’m not sure. I kind of say sometimes the quarterback lulls us to sleep. They do a lot of running and then all of sudden they hit with a play-action and a big play. You have to stay focused out there."
Dennard said the message from the coaches in Tuesday’s meeting was pretty clear.
"That’s how it goes," he said. "You have to always have that mindset that you can make plays. If you don’t make plays, you don’t perform well. I say we have to stay focused, stay focused on what we have to do out there. We have to play as a team and everybody has to be on the same page."
"It’s very tough just because you have to stay focused on what you have to do on the field," Dennard said. "I’m not going to say you have to be focused on [only] one thing. You have to be focused on a lot of things. You have to have your technique on point, mirror the receiver and just know what the receiver is going to do before you go out there.
"I know I messed up a lot on my technique. After watching film, I have a lot of stuff I have to work on."
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- Karen Guregian focuses on how the Patriots lose their way with the game on the line.
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- Michael Vega writes about how the Patriots are grappling with the difference between expectations and results.
- Greg A. Bedard tells us how the Patriots secondary has become the NFL's worst.
- Ron Borges states it's all about the players, and there's a limit to how coaching can fix a lack of talent in the secondary.
- Mike Reiss believes veteran safety Steve Gregory is inching closer to 100 percent.
- Tom E. Curran saw Deion Branch getting mauled near the goal line twice at the end of the first half.
- Mike Reiss notes the Patriots will wear their throwback uniforms versus the Jets.
- Michael Vega reports Bill Belichick is preparing for the multiple threats posed by Tim Tebow.
- Field Yates notes the Jets have been OK without Revis so far.
- Paul Kenyon says this Pats-Jets matchup has a different feel. Both teams have to get their own house in order before worrying about anyone else.
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VIEW FROM NEW YORK
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- Ben Shpigel (NY Times) Jets welcome renewal of rivalry with Patriots.
- Mike Vorkunov (Star-Ledger) Jets' Mike DeVito says something special about facing Patriots.
- David Satriano (NY Post) Patriots' Brady has high praise for Cromartie, Jets defense.
- Brian Costello (NY Post) Santonio injury could jump-start Sanchez like losing TE Schockey did for Eli.