The Jets practiced today, but unlike the past couple of practices, this one featured the return of an old face to the lineup. CB Derrick Strait who had been traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for RB Lee Suggs suited up again for the green and white after the trade became void yesterday because of Suggs’ failure to pass a physical performed by the Jets.
Strait was happy to be back in Hempstead saying that, “I have my same locker, same number, … no difference.” When asked about being traded for a player like Suggs, Strait did feel impressed at his value to the team. “It was a good opportunity for both teams,” said Strait in response to the value of Suggs and himself. Strait admitted to having one meeting in Cleveland and was handed a copy of the Browns playbook, but was not a “spy” working for the Jets. Head coach Eric Mangini said that, “we are happy he is back”… and “knows he is looking forward to being back and working.”
Teammates were happy to have Strait back as well including G Pete Kendall and QB Chad Pennington who said that, “it’s the nature of the business and he knows not to take it as a knock on him.”
Mangini was again his same old self when asked about talking to Browns coach Romeo Crennel about the trade. “We did discuss this yes. There has never been awkwardness in our relationship… he and I are great friends.” The conversation between the two represented a chat between the last two New England Patriot defensive coordinators, but Crennel had the championship defenses not Mangini.
Switching from offense to defense, the quarterbacks were out again fighting for that number one starting job, which Mangini said was something, “I’ll let you know as soon as I come to a decision.” For maybe the first time this preseason, the two quarterbacks who everyone thought would be the two fighting for the starting job were the standout QBs in practice.
QBs Patrick Ramsey and Pennington excelled in practice today unlike Brooks Bollinger and rookie Kellen Clemens. Pennington threw a 38 yard touchdown pass to WR Justin McCareins and a pass to WR Jerricho Cotchery that was right on target as Cotchery had three defenders on him. Bollinger looked just plain awful, throwing two interceptions and was very close to throwing another one during practice. Ramsey threw a touchdown strike down the middle to WR/KR Tim Dwight, but on the very next play ran a lap for having a delay of game penalty.
With the quarterback and running back positions up in there, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum addressed the media after the practice to discuss how the team was handling all of its situations on and off the field.
Throughout the press conference Tannenbaum kept referring to three areas that he uses to improve the team. Those areas are, claiming players through waivers; acquiring veteran players who are cut though free agency; and trades via draft picks. Tannenbaum said that he has been on the phone a lot with other teams and did suggest that another trade was possible, even for another running back. He did say that he originally thought the trade was a good idea since, “we had depth at the defensive back position and they had depth at the running back position.” He also added that he has a “macro view of the team…and… talks to Eric (Mangini) everyday about the team and what might need to be addressed.”
-Veteran NT Grady Jackson was brought to Jets camp today as a possible replacement for Sione Pouha who was lost for the season last week with a bad knee. Tannenbaum though, downplayed the visit saying it was "no big deal" and "we will continue to bring in players.”
-K Mike Nugent was 3-3 today on field goals, hitting all of them from 45
-During a drill in which the running backs are suppose to block to give the quarterback more time to throw, LBs Blake Costanzo and Alonzo Jackson laid
out RBs Cedric Houston and Derrick Blaylock.
-After practice, Houston said that he felt like he can be an every down back
and felt that his running style is based on speed and slashing abilities.
-Mangini did not say whether Strait would start the preseason game against
Washington or not.
-G Isaac Snell (leg): day to day
-CB/KR Drew Coleman (knee): day to day
-WR Dante Ridgeway (leg): day to day
-CB Erik Coleman (illness): 1-2 weeks
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): on PUP list
-C Trey Teague (ankle): on PUP list
-DT Sione Pouha (knee): IR Out for Season
-TE Jason Pociask (shoulder): IR Out for Season
The Jets return for a 2PM practice tomorrow. Be sure to check back to JI for all the latest training camp news.