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Vilma injured

By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
August 3rd, 2004

Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson is very vocal and it has rubbed off on the defense as they continued their intensity and hard hitting during the morning practice at training camp. Also, top draft choice LB Jonathan Vilma injured his ankle near the end of the session.

Defensive Coordinator Donnie Henderson is very vocal and it has rubbed off on the defense as they continued their intensity and hard hitting during the morning practice at training camp. Also, top draft choice LB Jonathan Vilma injured his ankle near the end of the session.

At this point, Vilma’s injury is not deemed serious but he will likely be held out of the afternoon practice as a precautionary measure.

The players were in pads and were eager to get out on the field and impress the coaches and fans in attendance.

Several rookies had impressive practices this morning. S Jarrell Weaver made two good plays by stopping RB Lamont Jordan after a catch and also later wrapping RB Jonathan Reese. CB Jon Pendergrass had a nice hit on FB Jerald Sowell after Sowell caught a pass from QB Brooks Bollinger and after a short pass from QB Brooks Bollinger to TE Mikhael Ricks, LB Jason Glenn and CB Derrick Strait were both there. Later, during 7-on-7 drills, LB Mark Brown, who is in his second camp and is trying to make the team, helped his cause by picking off a Bollinger pass that went off Curtis Martin’s hands.

Bollinger’s struggles continued, as he was forced to scramble several times after not finding an open receiver.

Veteran CB Ray Mickens continues to do a nice job, breaking up a pass intended for WR Justin McCareins during 7-on-7 drills.

Coach Herman Edwards stressed after practice that he wants his defense to be more aggressive this year. “We want to be physical,” said the Coach. “We want physical practices and that’s the whole intent when you put the pads on. And I think on both sides of the football. I had to explain to them don’t take what I say word for word and all of a sudden you can’t be a physical player because I said you can’t tackle. I don’t want guys on the ground but what I want them to understand is when the contact occurs, your striking someone. Only thing your not doing is taking them to the ground. Just don’t finish it all the way. I think our guys are starting to realize that.”

C Jonathan Goodwin missed the morning practice due to a death in his family but should be back in the afternoon. However, due to Goodwin’s absence and an injury to rookie Curt McGill, rookie OT Adrian Jones was forced to snap the ball to Bollinger, and he struggled. Bollinger fumbled two snaps from Jones. RB Little John Flowers picked up one of the fumbles and ran for positive yardage.

Offensively, RB Jonathan Reese continues to impress, making some nice cuts and finding holes to run through. 4th string QB Chris Finlen got some work during 7-on-7 drills. Finlen was 3-3, with two passes going to UDFA rookie WR Chris Duncan and one to Jordan.

WR Justin McCareins had a nice practice, catching everything thrown his way. The only mistake McCareins made was fumbling the ball after a catch toward the end of practice. “It puts a dilemma on the defense because he is a big physical receiver and makes plays over the middle. He’s a guy who if your covering man to man, your trying desperately to beat this guy. He has long arms, very physical, good blocker, and can run,” Edwards said about McCareins.

Jordan struggled during the first 11 on 11 drill. Jordan took handoffs from Pennington five straight times and got stuffed at the line of scrimmage on three of the five carries.

Special teams has been a vital part of training camp and was practiced again this morning. K Doug Brien was 6-6 on field goals from 35 yards.

Early on in the session, kick return drills were practiced where the returner already had the ball. RB Ian Smart, Flowers, and RB Muneer Moore were able to break through the coverage team. S Omare Lowe had a couple of tackles. Full kickoff coverage was also practiced as Brien had two kickoffs to the five yard line. Smart returned one 20 yards before he was tripped up while Josh Davis was gang tackled.

WR Wayne Chrebet was given off the morning practice but will suit up this afternoon.

INJURY REPORT: Besides the injury to Vilma, here are the rest of Gang Green’s walking wounded.

-LB Eric Barton did not practice and is still day-to-day with a strained hamstring he suffered in yesterday’s afternoon practice.
-S Reggie Tongue is day-to-day with a strained left calf.
-WR Ken-Yon Rambo is still out with a strained hamstring and is listed as day-to-day.
-WR Lawrence Hamilton is also still out with a strained hamstring and is day-to-day.
-C Curt McGill is out with a strained knee and is day to day.

The team takes the field again today at 3:30. Jets will be there so check back often for all of the latest NY Jets training camp news and reports.

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