Head Coach Andy Reid and the Eagles visit the Meadowlands on Friday to take on the Jets.
Nine days and counting until the regular season begins, but the Jets don’t seem to be completely ready for the Tennessee Titans. Yes, we know who the starting quarterback is and we know Curtis Martin will start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Some of the questions still up in the air though are, who will be the back-up quarterback to Chad Pennington? Also, how will two rookies be able to handle the pressure of not only playing in the NFL, but also protecting a quarterback who is coming off two rotator cuff surgeries?
While the latter won’t be answered by the start of the regular season, we will at least know who will be the number two quarterback on the depth chart. The race is on now between Patrick Ramsey and Kellen Clemens, with the trade of Brooks Bollinger to Minnesota for DT CJ Mosley.
Again, head coach Eric Mangini avoids being completely honest with the public, stating the reason for the trade being that, “this trade affords us the opportunity to create competition at the defensive tackle position.”
Bollinger, was selected in the sixth-round of the 2003 NFL Draft. In his three seasons with the Jets, he played in 12 games, making nine starts. Last season he stepped in and started the final eight games of the season at quarterback, throwing for 1558 yards on 56% passing. He also rushed for 137 yards on 36 attempts.
But, with the additions of Ramsey and Clemens this past off-season, it looked as if Bollinger’s time in New York was running out. He did not excel in training camp and it looked as if he would have been cut after Friday’s game against Philadelphia if not having been traded first.
Ramsey is looking forward to Friday’s game saying, “I look forward to going out there and playing and continuing to learn this offense.” When asked about proving himself to Mangini and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Ramsey noted, “we, (QBs), have a lot of time out here at practice. We have opportunities to come out here and run this offense, and coaches have given us plenty of work.”
Also, the running backs will be on display as the starter still remains to be named. Curtis Martin was officially placed on the physically unable to perform list for the regular season, meaning that he won’t even be able to play until at least week 6, if not later. Martin feels confident that he will return this season, but the Jets aren’t taking any chances.
Kevan Barlow was brought in via a trade and Derrick Blaylock and Cedric Houston have looked good at times during training camp and games, but none of them look good enough to be a number one back, not yet anyway. Barlow was a number one back and mostly like will get the starting job, but he needs more touches and he needs to handle the ball better because otherwise the same old problems that he saw in San Francisco will haunt him once again.
Now, the Eagles come to town in the last preseason game for the Jets in 2006. The Jets are looking to even their preseason record at 2-2, while the Eagles are looking for their second consecutive win and a final preseason record of 3-2. The Jets have trimmed their roster to 75 and already got rid of one big name, TE Doug Jolley, who was traded to the Buccaneers. By Sept. 3, teams will have to cut their rosters down to 53, so we will see what other moves the tag team of “Tangini” will make by then.
- In regular season match-ups, the Eagles are the only team in the NFL that the Jets have never beaten, losing all seven meetings.
- Over the past twelve years, only the 1995 Dallas Cowboys have had a losing record in the preseason, 2-3, and still went on to win the Super Bowl.
-At the beginning of the week, Mangini had announced that all four quarterbacks would play in the game against the Eagles, but with Bollinger gone and Pennington being named the starter you should only expect to see Patrick Ramsey and Kellen Clemens in the huddle.
- The Jets claimed WR Sloan Thomas off waivers from Tennessee and traded an undisclosed draft pick to Dallas for TE Sean Ryan to help make up for the loss of Jolley.
-Jolley, as well as Bollinger were traded for undisclosed draft picks.
-G Isaac Snell (leg): day to day
-WR/KR Tim Dwight (leg): day to day
-RB Curtis Martin (knee): on PUP list
-DT Tui Alailefaleula (leg): IR Out for Season
-DT Sione Pouha (knee): IR Out for Season
-TE Jason Pociask (shoulder): IR Out for Season
Game time is at 7PM, local TV coverage is on CBS2 and local radio is on 1050 ESPN Radio. Be sure to check back to Jets Insider.com for a complete recap.