So far Jets TE Doug Jolley has been a major disappointment. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
When the Jets traded their 2005 first round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for TE Doug Jolley, many fans applauded the move. After letting TE Anthony Becht go in free agency, it appeared the Jets had found a tight end who could catch as well as block. While Becht was regarded as a good blocker, he had hands of stone and routinely dropped balls.
Throughout training camp and preseason, Jolley stood out and offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger often talked about how Jolley and TE Chris Baker would be used in the offense.
But this season, Jolley has only caught seven passes for 79 yards. Jolley’s best game was against Tampa Bay this season when he had three catches for 46 yards. “I was expecting to play more,” Jolley said today.
With the Raiders, the 6’4, 250-pound tight end started 26 of the 47 regular season games he played in and recorded 90 receptions for 972 yards and five touchdowns.
Jolley went from starting every game with Oakland and playing every snap to backing up Chris Baker and playing 8-12 snaps a game. Baker had a breakout game in the opener against Kansas City, catching seven passes for 124 yards but since has only caught eight passes.
When Jolley was asked why he’s not playing more, he replied, “I don’t know.”
As a whole, the Jets receiving production is down from past years and one of the reasons is because of the quarterbacks situation. “That affects the whole offense, the rotation of the QB. The inconsistencies have affected the whole offense,” Jolley said.
Jolley said he hasn’t had the temptation to go talk to the coaches. “The way I was brought up, the players play and the coaches coach,” Jolley said.
Despite not being productive and the team struggling, Jolley said this hasn’t been the most frustrating year he has had in his NFL career. “Going 4-12 in my second year was more frustrating. I think I was a little bit jaded as a rookie. The second year I kind of figured out how things work a little more. We went to the Super Bowl, I had a great year and I didn’t realize how difficult the NFL is to go to the Super Bowl.”
Jolley will try to let his play in practice dictate his playing time. “I’m just trying to stay consistent. Trying to work hard and improve,” Jolley said.
-Fiedler still far. Don't expect to see Jets' backup QB Jay Fiedler back in the lineup anytime soon. Fiedler, who is recovering from a seperated shoulder, threw for the first time early this week but has not done so since. According to the Coach he's still very sore and is at least a minimum of 3-4 weeks away.
-When asked about Chad Pennington's progress the response was even less optimistic. "Ask me next year," said Edwards.
-The Star Ledger is reporting that the Jets have signed WR Craig Bragg to the active roster after he was recently released by Green Bay and have signed rookie DT Matt McChesney to the practice squad. Bragg was a 6th round pick this April from UCLA and McChesney participated in Rams camp this summer as and undrafted free agent but didn't make the final roster. At press time the team had not confirmed either move.
-Fireman Ed Coming Back? Fireman Ed Anzalone who boycotted the Jets' last home game in a protest against the team signing a stadium deal with the Giants and permanently moving to New Jersey, will reportedly be back this Sunday to cheer on the Jets again.
RB Curtis Martin (knee), WR Justin McCareins (Achilles) and QB Vinny Testaverde (Achilles) all practiced for a second straight day and remain probable.
-RB Derrick Blaylock (ankle): Out
-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder): Out
-S Oliver Celestin (knee): Out
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): Probable
-WR Justin McCareins (Achilles): Probable
-QB Vinny Testaverde (Achilles): Probable
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