"They're regular running backs," Burfict said. I got the game ball and he looked at me like, Man, forget you! Burfict said. Reggie came up to me and was like, Im going to be more fired up and play better than you, Burfict said. I was like, all right. Before Sundays game against Detroit, Reggie Nelson approached linebacker Vontaze Burfict with a challenge. Yet, the theme of respect and contagious energy beginning with Burfict reflects the latest chapter in a book already multiple rewrites deep. Just last week against the New England Patriots , the Jets ran the ball 52 times. He restored his image during a rookie year featuring a spotless season on and off the field, leading the team with 174 tackles and, most importantly, zero distractions.