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Jets Insider.com Saturday Morning Training Camp Report
By Justin Paley
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
July 30th, 2005
Veteran TE Chris Baker will face a big challenge this summer from newly acquired TE Doug Jolley. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Veteran TE Chris Baker will face a big challenge this summer from newly acquired TE Doug Jolley. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
Jolley Good Start There is no denying that TE Doug Jolley is a significant upgrade over Anthony Becht. While Becht, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in the off-season, was regarded as a good blocker, he struggled catching the ball.

Jolley, who was traded from Oakland to the Jets in April for the Jets first round and seventh round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has shown he can block as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. Jolley started 27 of the 47 games he played for the Raiders, catching 90 passes for 972 yards.

The former BYU star has impressed since coming to the Jets through OTA’s and mini-camp and now through the first two days of training camp. “We had a similar offense in Oakland with the passing game and running specific routes,” Jolley said. Jolley Good Start There is no denying that TE Doug Jolley is a significant upgrade over Anthony Becht. While Becht, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent in the off-season, was regarded as a good blocker, he struggled catching the ball.

Jolley, who was traded from Oakland to the Jets in April for the Jets first round and seventh round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, has shown he can block as well as catch the ball out of the backfield. Jolley started 27 of the 47 games he played for the Raiders, catching 90 passes for 972 yards.

The former BYU star has impressed since coming to the Jets through OTA’s and mini-camp and now through the first two days of training camp. “We had a similar offense in Oakland with the passing game and running specific routes,” Jolley said.

Offensive Coordinator Mike Heimerdinger was hired to open up the offense that had been stagnant under Paul Hackett. It appears that Jolley will be used more as a pass receiving tight end. “That offense suits me better,” Jolley said.

Jolley, who will compete with Chris Baker for the starting tight end job, has shown sure hands and had another good practice this morning before packed stands. During one-on-one drills where a receiver goes against a defensive back, Jolley beat S Oliver Celestin and S Erik Coleman. Jolley has shown it does not matter which quarterback is throwing to him as he caught passes from both QB Jay Fiedler and QB Brooks Bollinger.

Jolley has caught the eye of head coach Herman Edwards. “You could see he’s a gifted player,” Edwards said. “He’s good inside at breaking zones and he can catch and run with it and make yards. When he makes a catch, players holler ‘88, where’s he at,’” Edwards said.

Edwards went on complimenting Jolley. “He has good football instincts. That’s something you can’t teach.”

While Jolley did make some nice plays today, it was the defense that set the tempo and got the better of the offense in practice this morning.

Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson, in his second year with the Jets, has a fiery personality which rubs off on his defense.

During 7-on-7 drills, second-year LB Jonathan Vilma intercepted Fiedler’s pass drawing large cheers from the crowd. Later on Vilma broke up a Fiedler pass intended for RB Derrick Blaylock.

Henderson loved the excitement shown by Vilma and the rest of the defense. “We got a young defense,” Henderson said. “If we do it right, we can be together a long time and I think they understand that.”

Fiedler, Bollinger and fourth-string QB Kevin Eakin were forced to run numerous times when the plays broke down during team drills.

Fiedler was knocked down during 11-on-11 drills when DT Dewayne Robertson ran into him. Fiedler appeared to be ok.

Henderson talked about what the defense can improve on. “Communication and tackling and win the downs,” Henderson said.

Special teams is where young players can make names for themselves and special teams coach Mike Westhoff tried out numerous players as the Jets practiced returns today. WR Jerricho Cotchery was able to go down the right sideline to break free. After the play, Westhoff yelled at one of the players blocking for Cotchery, “don’t hold, block.” After Cotchery was tackled during another run, Edwards chided the coverage team, telling them to not tackle since tackling was not part of the drills. RB Derrick Blaylock fumbled on his first attempt returning the ball but later made up for it with a block that allowed rookie CB Justin Miller to get through.

Westhoff had K Mike Nugent practice field goals on the narrow goal posts. Nugent improved from yesterday as he was 4-5 from 38 yards. “It’s kind of those things that make it easier when you see the other post,” Nugent said. “When you’re kicking on those, you think it was a good ball but it didn’t go in the smaller posts. As long as it goes in there, you know it’s going in. It makes you even better. I hit the ball better than I did yesterday and tomorrow want to hit the ball even better.”

Florida State rookie FA K Xavier Beitia had a chance to show what he could do but missed both of his attempts from 39 yards with the first falling short and the second missing wide left.

MISCELLANEOUS TIDBITS

-QB Chad Pennington practiced handing off but did not throw this morning.

-Two young receivers stood out in the morning practice as 7th round draft pick Harry Williams, Jr. caught a TD pass from Eakin during one-on-one drills. Rookie FA Jovan Witherspoon beat CB Darrien Johnson for a score during one-on-one drills. After the play, Henderson told Johnson to tag him down instead of letting Witherspoon go in for the score.

-Cotchery got a big roar from the crowd making an over the shoulder 40-yard TD catch during one-on-one drills. S Derek Pagel was beat on the play.

-WR Laveraneus Coles was given the morning practice off.

-Edwards said that he tried to give RB Curtis Martin the morning practice off but Martin wouldn’t let him. Maybe Martin should have sat out the morning practice as DE Shaun Ellis laid a big hit on Martin. “It looked more violent than it was,” Edwards said.

-Edwards said he will probably hold out DT Dewayne Robertson and WR Wayne Chrebet out of this afternoon’s practice.

-Henderson said the secondary starting spots are wide open. “You have a lot of young guys competing… I’m excited about it,” Henderson said.

-Several sources are reporting that the Jets and FA CB Ty Law are very close to agreeing to a deal. The deal will obviously hinge on Law passing a physical. He's expected to visit the team sometime within the week.

The Jets signed rookie FA Terry Butler of Villanova University with the empty roster spot created by the retirement of RB Vick King yesterday.

INJURY REPORT

No injuries have occurred in training camp so far. However, the Jets placed LB Kenyatta Wright (Foot) on the physically unable to perform list yesterday. Wright had played in 59 games and has recorded 55 special teams’ tackles.

The Jets take the field again this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. as QB Chad Pennington is expected to throw for the second straight day. Check back to Jets Insider.com for a full afternoon report.