Jets Insider.com Tuesday Morning Training Camp Report
By James J. Parziale
Jets Insider.com Staff Writer
August 16th, 2005
The injuries without a doubt are devastating to both players who are up and coming youngsters. McClover, who has been a staple on special teams since he was chosen in the seventh round last season, had been getting more playing time with the defense and will be missed.
Williams Jr., also a seventh round draft pick from this year, has been a star in training camp and had a good shot of unseating Jonathan Carter for the Jets fifth WR spot. This setback could now cost him a place on the team. His exact injury is a strained right PCL, similar to the injury DE John Abraham suffered last season.
LB Kenyatta Wright was taken off the PUP list yesterday and will add more depth to the LB corps now that McClover is gone.
On the field, the Jets continued to vary their looks for the first team defense. Second-year cornerback Derrick Strait took all the first-team snaps opposite David Barrett. Obviously when Ty Law is healthy enough to play it is his spot, but for now the Jets might be lacking confidence in rookie Justin Miller.
“I think there is a lot on his plate,” defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson said. “There’s a lot of communication on the field.”
Miller, who impressed with two interceptions in the first week of camp, has struggled with the task of double duty on special teams and defense. He fumbled a punt return in Friday’s win over the Vikings and fumbled four punts in Sunday’s practice. Maybe it’s time for a break. ,p>Though Miller likely won’t see much playing time once Law returns, rookie safety Kerry Rhodes is trying to do what second-year safety Eric Coleman did last season: nab the starting spot.
Rhodes has looked good in practice so far and flashed in the Lions game last week by intercepting Detroit QB Jeff Garcia and knocking down a pass on the final play of the game that could have been a tying TD. He also had an interception in yesterday’s afternoon practice session.
“You’ve seen Rhodes make plays,” Henderson said. “That doesn’t mean he’s ahead of anyone [for the starting job]. There are times when he doesn’t communicate and get guys lined up.”
Edwards anticipated Strait will start Friday against the Vikings, while Rhodes and Miller will see action with the second team. At times he enjoys being with the first team because Coleman calls out the coverages, but that responsibility falls on his shoulders when he is on the second team.
“I pick [Coleman’s] brain a lot. He’s a smart guy,” Rhodes said. “He knows what everyone is doing. Knowing what everyone else is doing in the big thing,” Rhodes said. “I study and I know everything. But everything happens so fast I just need things to slow down for me.”
-Nugent aims high. K Mike Nugent is known for his strong leg, so maybe at times he likes to show it off. This morning Nugent was 5-for-5 and exhibited the strong leg that precedes him. The rookie second round pick from Ohio State made three kicks from 37 yards out and two from about 43 yards out. But the distances aren’t what stood out.
Nugent almost nailed the camera tower behind the goal posts with each of his kicks. It even looked like he kicked one over the 40-foot tower. Camera guy didn’t miss that one.
-Wide Open. With Harry Williams Jr. on the injury shelf and Jonathan Carter nursing a hamstring injury, the fifth wide receiver slot could be up for grabs. Chas Gessner, who has starred in practice but struggled with three drops against Detroit, could make his move now.
-QB Chad Pennington, whose arm has been watched more attentively than any other limb is Jets history, threw a 30-yard pass to WR Justin McCareins this morning. Newly acquired CB Art Thomas made a diving swat of the ball to deny Pennington the long completion.
-Backup G Ethan Brooks jumped offside during practice this morning.
-Jersey pushing for Jets According to the New Jersey Bergen Record, the acting governor of New Jersey is lobbying to get the Jets to move their facilities to the Garden State. Governor Richard Codey is offering unused land at Monmouth Park racetrack in attempt to coerce the Jets into a newly approved stadium for the Giants.
Under the proposal, the Jets would get 15 acres of land near Oceanport’s Monmouth park and would share a 90,000-seat stadium with the Giants. Part of the perks for the state is the Jets players would have to pay income tax in New Jersey instead of Long Island.
Jets officials have no comment on the matter and neither does head coach Herman Edwards.
-CANNIZZARO FAN CHAT NY Post/Jets Insider writer Mark Cannizzaro will do his weekly fan chat in the JI chat room on Wednesday at 8PM. He will take all of your questions and give you all the inside dirt from training camp. Don't miss it!
As mentioned above, LB Darrell McClover had screws inserted into his broken right ankle today and was placed on injured reserve. Also, WR Harry Williams Jr. is out 2-to-6 weeks with a strained PCL. G Brandon Moore’s hamstring is sore and he will not play against the Vikings. S Andre Maddox, who Edwards did not say was hurt, did not participate in this morning’s drill and was running on the sidelines with WR Jonathan Carter. The Coach anticipates that Ty Law should be in shape enough to practice next week and hopefully see some playing time against the Giants on August 26.
LB Darrel McClover (foot): placed on IR
The Jets return to the field at 3:30 for their second practice of the day. The session is open to the public. Check back to Jets Insider.com often for all the latest training camp news.