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Kendall Chooses Gang Green
By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 6th, 2004

There was a rumble immediately following the Jets afternoon practice today and it wasn’t coming from Dewayne Robertson’s stomach. It was news that the Jets signed FA G Pete Kendall formerly of the Cardinals.

There was a rumble immediately following the Jets afternoon practice today and it wasn’t coming from Dewayne Robertson’s stomach. It was news that the Jets signed FA G Pete Kendall formerly of the Cardinals.

Soon after, the Jets held a press conference to officially announce the deal.

“We’re very excited to get Pete”, said Jets GM Terry Bradway. “It’s a position that we have targeted through the pre-season, that we wanted to look at in terms of upgrading our football team. When he became available our scouts did a good job. We got good grades on Pete.”

Terms of Kendall's contract were not disclosed but Jets Insider.com has learned that the deal is for five years in the $20MM range. There was no signing bonus given but $6MM of the deal is guaranteed.

Kendall chose the Jets over several reported suitors and thanks to the effort mostly of Assistant GM Mike Tannenbaum the Jets were able to beat the pack and reel in the talented lineman.

Kendall, the former first round pick form Boston College was introduced to the media and is psyched to be back on the East Coast after playing his whole professional career out west.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to come back East and play for a team that has reason ably high hopes and playoff expectations,” said Kendall. “I’m looking forward to getting on the field Monday and trying to see what I can add to the 2004 Jets.”

The New England native who grew up a Patriots fan and still has a house in the Boston area spoke about his new dilemma of being a NY Jet. “Believe me, that wasn’t lost on me throughout this whole process,” said Kendall. “It will be interesting. I’ll have a lot of fun with it and my family and friends will have a lot of fun with it. I’ll just have to start cutting people away if they wear Patriots jerseys on those weeks.”

Kendall will start practicing with the team on Monday.

By the way, the Jets did have a practice as well this afternoon. The team started by practicing special teams and as they did this morning started with punt returns. S Eric Coleman who has been a star on defense has been also getting opportunities as a punt returner. However in this role he has been spotty at best. He dropped several return attempts

Offensively, with regular wide receivers Santana Moss and Wayne Chrebet nursing injuries and sitting out practice, a lot of the rookie wide receivers had a chance to impress. Matt Dominquez made a couple of nice catches over the middle.

QB Brooks Bollinger is still struggling after overthrowing WR Derek Lee and RB Jonathan Reese and under throwing WR Terrence Stubbs.

SS Omare Lowe continues to have a solid camp, intercepting a Bollinger pass during 11-on-11 drills that would have been returned 48 yards for a touchdown. With RB Lamont Jordan home until Sunday for personal reasons, FB Jerald Sowell got a chance to take reps running the ball. Sowell also showed great hands by bringing in the offensive catch of the day, a 47 yard reception from QB Chad Pennington.

Coleman combined with CB Donnie Abraham to break up a Pennington pass intended for WR Justin McCareins. Edwards was kept busy during the day as he and the Jets welcomed about 100 high school football coaches from the tri-state area to Jets camp to educate them on proper conditioning, basic skills, and hydration. Other NFL teams also participated in the program conducted by the NFL and Gatorade.

Edwards was glad to help out. “I thank these coaches for what they are asked to do with young people because they do not get the credit that they deserve. They have the ability to mold a lot of young guys and keep guys on the straight and narrow at an early age. I told them that (because) people are creatures of their habits, they have the ability to habitize them in a correct way and teach them about the game of football and what it takes to prepare to play football. That helps them to the next level,” Edwards said.

The Jets now get set to head to Albany tomorrow to scrimmage against the Giants. This is not the first time Edwards and Coughlin have scrimmaged during training camp as Edwards, with Tampa Bay, went up to Jacksonville, when Coughlin was head coach there. Edwards first met Coughlin when Edwards was in his second year and Coughlin was wide receivers coach of the Eagles.

Edwards talked about the reason the Jets are going up to face the Giants. “Training camp gets long when you compete against your own guys. We are so young that it is good for our guys before we get into that first preseason game to actually go practice against another player on another team. You sense that when you go into the preseason, when you are getting ready to play another team and all of a sudden, you don’t even know how to line up. You are against a new guy and it is a formation you have never seen before. It is not the same formations we run but the problem is they have a different jersey on so you get all excited about that. I just think we can alleviate some of (those problems) against the Giants and really see what it takes to practice against another team,” Edwards said.

INJURY REPORT: Same as this morning.

--WR Santana Moss (Hamstring): Day to day.
--LB Eric Barton (Hamstring): Day to day.
--S Reggie Tongue (Calf): Day to day.
--WR Ken-Yon Rambo (Hamstring): Expected to be out till next week.
--WR Lawrence Hamilton (Hamstring): Day today.
--C Curt McGill (Knee): Day to day.
--WR Wayne Chrebet (Groin): Day to day.
--RB Derrick Ward (High Ankle Sprain): Out 1-2 weeks.

Jets Insider.com will have full coverage of the Jets/Giants scrimmage tomorrow in Albany. Be sure to log on often for up to the minute Jets news and reports.