A nagging hamstring injury doomed Jonathan Carter's future with the Jets. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
He strutted onto the field for his third practice in green and white this afternoon at Hofstra. His teammates can’t breathe easy just yet, but when Ty Law suits up Friday against the Giants, it’s likely they won’t be panting as often. That’s because for two weeks they’ve had the chore of chasing down wide receivers frolicking through the secondary.
The Jets first-team secondary has been beat like a drum the past two weeks by opposing starting offenses. The Jets can rest on their laurels for now because Law has not stepped on the field and of course, it’s just the preseason.
But when Joey Harrington and Daunte Culpepper, two of the upper echelon quarterbacks in the league, combined for 20 completions in 22 attempts for 246 yards, using the it’s-just-the-preseason tag may not be a suitable excuse. Law’s replacement last Friday, CB Derrick Strait, was toasted for a 54-yard catch on a third-and-21. Rookie CB Justin Miller is not ready to do the job.
Hence, since Law is scheduled to start Friday, it will be a prelude to what the Jets defense will be capable of during the regular season. Since signing on Aug. 8, Law was limited to conditioning exercises until he broke the ice yesterday afternoon. He has been playing himself into game shape.
“He sure is,” head coach Herman Edwards said after being asked if his new defensive gem would play Friday, “unless something happens.”
“I have to get the kinks out,” the 10-year veteran said yesterday. “I’m rusty, but I feel good.”
Based on this afternoon’s performance, Law makes good time. He played primarily with the first team defense (he sat out about five plays) while wearing a sweat suit. He kept pace with the receivers though he held Justin McCareins on one play. It came after McCareins beat him for a touchdown up the right sideline.
QB Chad Pennington overthrew a pass intended for McCareins – much like the way he did in Friday’s game against the Vikings – with Law in coverage. Law, who had safety help, sprinted to make the catch for his first interception. He showed no ill-effects from the foot injury. Not bad for his second day back on the job.
Interestingly, Law nabbed a Pennington pass. Edwards felt the two have a lot in common.
“It’s not different than Chad Pennington,” he said about his expectations of Law. “It will take him some time to get to where he’s at, but the only way he can do that is to go play.”
This week’s game against the Giants should be a good tune up for Law. With QB Eli Manning sitting out because of a bum elbow, the Giants are starting the inexperienced
Tim Hasselbeck. It will be a good opportunity for Law to see his first game action since he injured his foot last October.
“You can’t tell that until you’re in the game and the adrenaline gets flowing,” Law said about being at full strength. “When the lights come on, that’s when I pick it up. That’s what I look forward to.”
-The team announced the release of veteran WR Jonathan Carter. Carter had been hampered all camp with a strained hamstring and saw virtually no action. Originally claimed on waivers from the Giants in 2002, Carter had moved up the ladder to win the Jets’ fifth wideout spot last season.
Early camp buzz had seventh round pick Harry Williams Jr. claiming Carter’s roster spot but a sprained knee last week put a damper on that speculation. Williams could miss another month before returning. FA WR Chas Gessner has been a star during practice but has dropped every pass thrown to him in two pre-season games. It’s anyone’s guess at this point who will win the spot.
-Rookie FA LB Mondoe Davis of Delaware was also released. Davis, had shown promise but suffered a season ending knee injury against the Vikings last Friday. If he is not claimed on waivers, he will be place on the Jets’ injured reserve list.
-Rookie S Kerry Rhodes left the field this afternoon after bumping knees with CB Atari Bigby.
-Rookie RB Cedric Houston injured his shoulder and left the field after taking a hit during full-squad drills.
-G Pete Kendall was given the afternoon practice off.
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Rhodes was said to have a bruised thigh after his collision. S Rashad Washington (concussion) and FB Jerald Sowell (ribs) will be held out of Friday’s game. G Brandon Moore (hamstring) and S Andre Maddox (hamstring) will both play on Friday.
-WR Harry Williams, Jr. (knee): Out 1-5 weeks
-S Rashad Washington (concussion): Out
-FB Jerald Sowell (ribs): Out
The team has two practices tomorrow at 10:15 AM and 3:30 PM both open to the public. Be sure to check back to Jets Insider.com for all the latest NY Jets training camp news.