Wednesday practice tidbits

July 23rd, 2003
Another impressive practice for Gang Green on Wednesday, highlighted by excellent play from QB Vinny Testaverde, LB Mo Lewis and rookie WR Cecil Moore. Overcast skies with intermittent showers didnít dampen another smooth practice on Wednesday. The stars of the day were QB Vinny Testaverde, LB Mo Lewis and rookie WR Cecil Moore. Testaverde was throwing bullets and made several excellent completions during the 7 on 7 drills today. His favorite target was rookie WR Cecil Moore who caught an excellent pass over the middle in traffic for 20 yards and a deep ball in the endzone beating Aaron Beasley for a TD. Moore has shown the speed and hands to make a serious run at making this team. He also has the type of size the Jets are lacking at WR. Testaverde also completed a few nice darts to Curtis Conway who so far looks smooth as silk. TE Chris Baker also had a few nice grabs and seems to bring in every pass thrown his way. Look out, Anthony Becht.

Chad Pennington wasnít as sharp as yesterday and got picked off by CB Donnie Abraham as he tried to force a pass to Wayne Chrebet. Chad made up for it in a later play by recovering from a slip on the wet turf to throw an excellent competition to Conway over the middle in coverage. Rookie QB Brooks Bollinger struggled, throwing off the mark for most of the morning and at times he looked confused.

Mo Lewis is playing like he fell into the fountain of youth. He has been all over the field. Three plays that stand out today were the batting down of a Pennington screen pass to Curtis Martin, a great coverage and pass defend against a streaking Anthony Becht and a near interception of a Pennington slant to Jonathan Carter.

Speaking of Carter he also had a good day. Carter had several nice catches including one in traffic over the middle. Also, while taking some reps at kick returner, he looked impressive. In a steady rain, JC caught each kickoff without error and looked like a lightning streaking running up the field.

As reported yesterday, after the knee injury of rookie T Bobby Brandt the Jets were interested in bringing back OL David Viger who they released last week. However, it seems like Viger is suddenly a hot commodity. Coach Edwards told us that after contacting him yesterday they found out that two other teams were negotiating for him. Edwards said he wasnít interested in a bidding war for a player that never made it past the practice squad. The team will keep their eye open for a lineman that can also long snap.

CB/S Jamie Henderson has been bothered by lingering back spasms and really hasnít had a chance to show anything so far. Edwards is eager to have him back 100% so they can work him at both cornerback and safety.

NFL Films was at the morning practice shooting for an upcoming Jets feature and Sports Illustratedís Peter King was seen interviewing Dewayne Robertson.

The Jets will rest most of the veterans and work on special teams during the afternoon session.

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