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Night Moves

By Night Moves
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 5th, 2004

When the Jets practiced at Mitchell Athletic Complex in 2001 under the lights, WR Santana Moss tore cartilage in his left knee, causing him to miss 11 games of his rookie season. At first some of us thought that maybe Coach Edwards was superstitious and didn’t want to tempt fate, however after practice we learned Moss had joined the increasingly long list of hobbled jets with a tweaked hamstring. The injury is not deemed serious and Moss should be back as soon as tomorrow.

When the Jets practiced at Mitchell Athletic Complex in 2001 under the lights, WR Santana Moss tore cartilage in his left knee, causing him to miss 11 games of his rookie season. At first some of us thought that maybe Coach Edwards was superstitious and didn’t want to tempt fate, however after practice we learned Moss had joined the increasingly long list of hobbled jets with a tweaked hamstring. The injury is not deemed serious and Moss should be back as soon as tomorrow.

On a cool pleasant evening, a capacity crowd turned out to watch the Jets first and only night practice during training camp and the team did not disappoint.

After rookie WR Chris Duncan dropped a ball during drills, Head Coach Herman Edwards turned to the crowd and said “I picked it up too,” alluding to his fumble recovery as a member of the Eagles against the Giants in 1978 that was dubbed “Miracle at the Meadowlands.”

Many players best shot to make the team is on special teams. During kick return drills, RB Ian Smart broke through a couple times. S Jarrell Weaver, who has impressed during the first week of camp, laid a nice hit on Smart at the end of the drill.

Edwards is excited about the Jets special teams.

“For the most part, we can have a very fast special teams core group of guys,” said the Coach. “We have linebackers who can run. When you have linebackers who can run, generally they will play a lot of special teams for you. We have a couple of defensive lineman who can run, and that helps you. They are physical guys when they get there. It’s one thing if you can run fast, but it’s another thing with what you are going to do when you get there. When these guys get there, they make the plastic pop.”

K Doug Brien who is in camp unchallenged this year was a perfect 6-6 on field goals tonight, all from 35 yards. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff grew frustrated with the field goal defense, telling them to get their hands up.

The Coach talked about the goals of tonight’s practice. “We came out with the intent of really trying to do some short yardage and some goal line situations. That’s why we were down there (at the goal line) for most of the night. We were trying to establish what we wanted to get done defensively and offensively on the goal line period. I thought for the most part that our guys did a good job of competing down there and it is always fun to do that,” Edwards said.

With the ball placed at the four yard line, QB Chad Pennington was not able to lead the offense to a score. RB Jonathan Reese continues to impress as he scored on a handoff from QB Brooks Bollinger with a flip into the end zone. However, that was the only score the defense allowed as they made numerous stops, including an interception by SS Rashad Washington of Bollinger in the end zone.

Practice concluded with a game situation drill. The offense put a one-minute on the clock starting on their own 20 yard line and trailing 13-10. Both Pennington and Bollinger got a chance to try to lead their teams to score but neither was successful. Pennington’s drive ended with an incomplete pass to WR Justin McCareins. Time ran out on Bollinger as he threw out of bounds.

Defensively, rookie CB Roderick Bryant from Idaho had a nice practice, breaking up a QB Chris Finlen’s and participating in several stops including a nice breakup of a Bollinger pass. Rookie LB Darrell McClover made his presence known as well by wrapping up Reese after a catch for a loss.

FS Erik Coleman continues to try to move up the depth chart, breaking up a pass intended for TE Anthony Becht. Coleman also had a nice hit on TE Chris Baker, during 11-on-11 drills. Baker was heard chiding the rookie after his stop.

There were no new injuries from tonight’s practice. Edwards said LB Jonathan Vilma and DT Josh Evans both could have practiced, but were held out as precautionary measures. RB Lamont Jordan did not practice, as was excused for personal reasons and traveled back home to Maryland. No details were given but the Coach said that the RB would not make the trip to Albany for the Giants scrimmage and he would be returning back to the team on Sunday.

With almost a full week of practice, Edwards talked about what he wants during the rest of camp.

“We just have to keep them (the players) going, keep healthy and keep our momentum. Said the Coach. We need to have good physical practices without anyone getting hurt”.

INJURY FRONT
WR Santana Moss (hamstring tweak) sat out practice and is day-to-day.
-LB Wayne Crebet (groin) sat out practice and is day-to-day

-S Reggie Tongue (calf) sat out practice and is listed as day-to-day.
-WR Ken-Yon Rambo (hamstring) sat out practice and is day-to-day.
-Rookie DE Kevin Fales (knee) sat out practice and is listed as day-to-day.
Rookie LB Jonathan Vilma (calf) sat out practice as a precautionary measure. Could have suited up. Listed as day-to-day.
-RB Derrick Ward (ankle) has a high ankle sprain and will be out 1-2 weeks.
-C Curt McGill (knee) sat out practice and is day-to-day.
-LB Eric Barton (hamstring) sat out practice and is day-to-day.
DT Josh Evans (knee) sat out practice due to a knee injury as a precautionary measure. Listed as day-to-day.

The Jets go back to two-a-day practices tomorrow with a special teams practice at 11:15AM and a second full practice at 3:30 PM. As always, Jets Insider.com will be there so be sure to check back often for the latest training camp reports.

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