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Jets Tidbits

June 10th, 2003
For those who have been away from the papers and local media lately, here are a few thngs that have been making Jets news this week. Jets Insider.com has learned that the Jets met yesterday with former Bengals UFA QB Akili Smith. Smith took a physical at the teams Hofstra University complex and then met with team officials. Although no contract offer was made, one may be coming. Coach Edwards reportedly likes Smiths significant raw talent and is intrigued with the possibility of QB Guru Paul Hackett working with him. Hackett, who is known for his development of several superstar QBs such as Joe Montana and Rich Gannon would have a big project with Smith. If Smith is signed, the Jets may carry four QBs on the roster or possibly delegate rookie QB Brooks Bollinger to the practice squad this season.

The word from Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News is that TE Chris Baker and G Jonathan Goodwin have been shining this off-season and could see some significant playing time this fall. Baker, who was touted as an excellent pass catching TE, showed some of his talent as he got more playing time at the end of last season and could push the underachieving Anthony Becht for the starting job.

Goodwin has looked great during minicamp and the recent team OTAs and could go into a regular rotation with veteran RG Tom Nutten who was signed from the Rams this winter.

Despite reports the team is interested in former Niners WR J.J. Stokes and Dolphins WR Oronde Gadsten, donít look for anything to happen just yet. The Jets have not set up any visits with either player and it is believed they only would if the need came up down the road. The fact is, they are very happy with the showing of their current WRs and even a few undrafted free agents such as Cecil Moore (E. Tenn. State) and Phil McGeoghan (Maine) look like they have a legitimate shot of making the team.

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