Camp's Final Practice
By Justin Paley
Jets Staff Writer
August 25th, 2004

Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards put his team through a rough practice yesterday as they ran 92 plays. This afternoon under sunny and windy skies, the team showed the effects of that practice, looking sluggish in the last practice of training camp.

Jets Head Coach Herman Edwards put his team through a rough practice yesterday as they ran 92 plays. This afternoon under sunny and windy skies, the team showed the effects of that practice, looking sluggish in the last practice of training camp.

Newly acquired QB Quincy Carter spent most of today studying the playbook with offensive assistant coach Pep Hamilton. A large crowd turned out to see Carter this afternoon, but the Jets are not rushing him as he was only involved in five plays. The Jets tested him by having him play with the third team offense against the first team defense. Carter was 1-of-4 and had a 12 yard run. Carter and WR Derek Lee connected on the lone completed pass. Lee did not help his chances by dropping a pass from Carter.

QB Ricky Ray may be the odd man out at the position despite making nice progress. Ray only saw action during two plays during full team drills, handing the ball off both times.

The defense harassed QB Brooks Bollinger throughout practice. Bollinger did not get off to a good start as his first pass during full team drills should have been picked off by S Derek Pagel. Bollinger also had a pass that was nearly picked off by DT Josh Evans. LB Jason Glenn also had a would-be sack. He fell after taking a snap from center. Despite all the mishaps, there were two bright spots for Bollinger. He connected with WR Terrence Stubbs for a 50-yard completion down the right sideline, beating S Erik Coleman and CB Donnie Abraham. Bollinger also connected with TE John Paul Foschi for a nine-yard TD during 7-on-7 drills. Bollinger talked about his new role on the team. “I’m just going to keep executing what they tell me to do,” the second year QB said. “Hopefully, Quincy being here will elevate the level of all the guys in the position and in the end the Jets will be a better team because of so, I think it’s great.”

Starting QB Chad Pennington ripped apart the third team defense during full team drills, connecting with a number of receivers, including a play-action TD pass to TE Anthony Becht. But against the first team defense was a different story. Coleman caused WR Jerricho Cotchery to drop a swing pass and had a breakup on a pass intended for Becht. LB Eric Barton had a near interception on a pass from Pennington that TE Mikhael Ricks bobbled. LB Mark Brown deflected a Pennington pass and CB Art Thomas had a breakup on a pass intended for WR Justin McCareins after DE Trevor Johnson beat LT Jason Fabini to the outside forcing Pennington into rushing his pass. Edwards likes the younger players’ progress. “The young guys are getting better. I think they’re all starting to get it,” Edwards said. “They’re starting to figure out how to play pro football and that’s a good sign.”

Veteran CB David Barrett still seems to be bothered by an ankle injury as Pennington hooked up with Cotchery for a 17-yard TD pass during red zone drills.

Early on in practice, punt returns were practiced. The usual crew of RB Ian Smart, McCareins, WR Santana Moss, WR Jonathan Carter, WR Ken-Yon Rambo, and CB Roderick Bryant took the returns of P Toby Gowin. Special teams coach Mike Westhoff mainly had his unit practice directional punting towards the sideline by the end zone. CB Derrick Strait was the lone player to stop the ball from going into the end zone.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS: Coach Edwards told the media that QB Quincy Carter will not play this Friday against the Giants. Depending how well he grasps the offense over the next week he could get a lot of time against Philly next week....K Doug Brien was 5-7 on field goal attempts, all from 42 yards....Edwards praised CB Roderick Bryant, who has stood out this week in practice, “The unsung hero is Gameday (Roderick Bryant),” the head coach said. “He’s starting to be one of the hometown favorites and rightly so. The kid is doing a great job At this point, if you’re talking about making the team – to be quite honest he’s going to make the team. If I had to pick today, he’d be on the team going by productivity, how he plays in the game, how he practices-he’s done them,”....Despite reports of RB Lamont Jordan being in Edwards’ doghouse the coach said he has confidence in him. “Yesterday LaMont went with the first group for the whole practice,” Edwards said. “He must have moved up the charts all of the sudden again. I wonder why. He went with the first group yesterday, and he was a little tired. He had a lot of reps. Bish (running backs coach Bishop Harris) put him in there and said we’re going to put you with the first boys today. Let’s go. He ran and participated pretty well. I think he’s come a long way. He’s getting back to that mode where we know that we’re going to count on him during the season to have to play for us. He had a good practice yesterday and hopefully he’ll continue to do that today.”

INJURY FRONT: Edwards told the media that TE Chris Baker, who has been having a very good camp, injured his ankle. He sat out today’s practice, is day to day and is questionable for Friday.

-TE Chris Baker (ankle): Questionable for Friday.
-P Toby Gowin (groin) Day-to-day. Probable for Friday.
-WR Wayne Chrebet (quad) Out till at least next week. Out for Friday.
-WR Santana Moss (hamstring) Limited activity. Doubtful for Friday.
-RB Derrick Ward (ankle) Out for at least another week. Out for Friday.
-G Brent Smith (tricept) Day to day. Questionable for Friday.

-DE Bryan Thomas (hamstring) Out for at least 1-2 weeks.
-CB Ray Mickens (knee) 1 week or more. Out for Friday.
-QB Brooks Bollinger (knee): Questionable for Friday.
-S Reggie Tongue (hamstring): Out for Friday.

Today was the last practice of the week and the official end of open practices for the fans. Tomorrow’s walk through is closed to the fans and media and the Jets play the Giants on Friday at 7:00 PM. Training camp officially breaks on Saturday and first cuts are Tuesday where the team must reduce it’s roster to 65 players down from the present number of 83. Be sure to check back to Jets often for all of the latest NY Jets news.