In last season's AFC Divisional playoffs, Jets DE Shaun Ellis recorded two sacks in the first quarter against the Patriots, setting the tone for the shocking upset by New York.
When the teams meet again this season — their first matchup is on October 9 in New England — Ellis will be aiming to set the tone again. Only difference will be the side he's doing it for.
In a surprising move, the veteran lineman signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Sunday, pending a physical. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.
Ellis, who was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2000 draft, was the longest-tenured player on the team's roster last season. He was a fan favorite in New York and a very consistent player, making two Pro Bowls during his time with the club.
The way we see it
As if the Jets-Patriots rivalry needed any more storylines, Ellis' move to Foxboro provides one. The Patriots add an accomplished defender, a veteran leader and a player with an ax to grind against the rival Jets, who opted not to offer the end a new deal in free agency.
In Ellis' place, the Jets are expected to give rookie Muhammad Wilkerson a good amount of playing time at defensive end.