The Battle of the Big Apple just got more interesting.
On Wednesday, two days before the Giants and Jets battle in the annual preseason “Snoopy Bowl,” Big Blue rookie running back Andre Williams issued some bulletin board material.
“I think the Giants are the real New York team,” Williams said, per the New York Post.
Williams, expected to be a key part of the Giants’ offense this season, admittedly has little knowledge of the New York rivalry, but senses a particular importance to this exhibition contest.
“This is my first year and I’m not too sure about what’s going on with the rivalry thing,” Williams said. “But there’s definitely a different feeling this week than last week. I’m just trying to buy into it.”
News travels fast in the media capital of the world. When alerted of Williams’ comments, Jets coach Rex Ryan took a jab at the former Boston College star.
“Yeah, last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson,” Ryan said, via the Associated Press.
As did Gang Green nose tackle Damon Harrison.
???????????????? See you Friday Mr. Williams…#JetLifeeeeee
— Damon Harrison (@BigDame900) August 20, 2014
Last year’s tilt between the teams is remembered for reasons other than the final score. The Jets won in overtime, 24-21, but lost then-starting quarterback Mark Sanchez for the season.
If you recall, Ryan inexplicably inserted Sanchez into the game in the fourth quarter, behind the second-string offensive line. Sanchez suffered a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, an injury that effectively ended his Jets career.
Rex should be wiser this time around, but he didn’t exactly minimize the impending matchup, either.
“It will be a competitive thing. I know he’s going to be pumped up and, trust me, our guys will be pumped up, too,” Ryan said.
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