With Curits Martin banged up and backup RB Derrick Blaylock out, rookie RB Cedric Houston has gotten some playing time recently. (Jets Insider.com)
Last year RB Lamont Jordan was very vocal in his opinion that he should get more carries. Jordan left for Oakland in the off-season as a free agent and the Jets brought in RB Derrick Blaylock and drafted RB Cedric Houston in the sixth round. But Blaylock was injured earlier this year and starting RB Curtis Martin has been banged up.
Houston got the most extensive work of his rookie season last week carrying 10 times for 53 yards against Carolina. “Cedric did a great job,” head coach Herman Edwards said. “He had to run the ball., too, when people knew we were going to run it.” On the year, Houston has carried 12 times for 63 yards.
Edwards said Houston will get one or two series this weekend at Denver. Houston was asked about getting more reps. “It’s going a whole lot better now,” Houston said. “In the games I’m not getting as many reps, but in practice, I’m getting to go with the ones most of the time and I get to see the looks the other defense is going to show us, so that’s pretty good.”
Houston said Martin has been a big help. “He just told me that when I run, to go with the first thing I see and he said that whatever I see, I’ll pretty much be right most of the time,” Houston said.
“I think we should (give him more reps),” Martin said. “I think Cedric is good; he’s a young guy. He and I talk all the time and I try to show him all the little things I think can make him a better player. I think it’s a good thing.”
Despite battling a thyroid condition while at the University of Tennessee, Houston still led the Vols in rushing two of his four seasons. As a senior, Houston finished with 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns on 181 carries.
“This is probably the best I felt in the past couple years,” Houston said.
Center Pete Kendall didn’t practice today and is questionable for Sunday’s game at Denver. In case he can’t play, G Jonathan Goodwin would move to center and T/G Steve Morley would fill in at guard. CB David Barrett’s eye laceration is taking slower to heal than originally presumed, so he may experiment with new medications.
-QB Jay Fiedler (shoulder): Out
-RB Derrick Blaylock (foot): Out
-CB David Barrett (eye): Out
-LB Kenyatta Wright (ankle): Questionable
-FB B.J. Askew (ankle): Questionable
-C Pete Kendall (back): Questionable
-WR Harry Williams (back): Questionable
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): probable
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