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    Post D-Brick ready to keep Spicer at bay.

    Ferguson ready to keep Spicer at bay
    Saturday, October 07, 2006
    BY ELI GELMAN
    Star-Ledger Staff
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The Jets drafted D'Brickashaw Ferguson with the fourth overall pick in April believing he was the perfect bodyguard for quarterback Chad Pennington.

    Each week, a top defensive end tests Ferguson, trying to get to his star client. So far, the 6-6, 312-pounder has lived up to expectations. He didn't allow any of the Bills' defensive ends near Pennington's blind side in Week 2 and held Colts Pro Bowl DE Dwight Freeney sackless last week. Though he did give up a strip sack to Colts DE Robert Mathis that led to an Indianapolis touchdown less than three minutes into the game, Ferguson has improved with each game.

    But tomorrow's matchup with the Jaguars in Jacksonville is unlike the previous ones. Ferguson will face Jaguars DE Paul Spicer, who ended Pennington's season in Week 3 a year ago on a sack that resulted in his second rotator cuff injury.

    "It was definitely brought to my attention," Ferguson said. "Every game you have to come out and play your hardest to prevent things like that from occurring. I just have to go out there and use good technique because (Spicer's) very disruptive."

    Jets guard Pete Kendall was surprised to hear someone had told Ferguson Spicer knocked out Pennington, and went out of his way to defend him.

    "I haven't heard anybody in our locker room address it," Kendall said. "Paul didn't do anything dirty or unsportsmanlike or anything like that. He just played the game of football. He's a good player and I'm sure it was never his intention to injure (Pennington)."

    Rookie quarterback Kellen Clemens confirmed yesterday that he has gotten "quite a few more reps" with the second team the past couple of weeks. Clemens has been the third-string QB in the first four games and coach Eric Mangini was non-committal on whether he had surpassed Patrick Ramsey on the depth chart.

    "Whether you're the second quarterback or third QB, what I like to do is randomly throw you in," Mangini said. "Some of it is planned and some is random because that's the way the game goes."

    Clemens said the extra reps have helped him as has the opportunity to study film with Pennington.

    "(I'm) a lot more comfortable," Clemens said. "It's very nice to be a little more active during practice rather than taking as many mental reps."

    Despite being deactivated while healthy the past two games, RB Derrick Blaylock remains positive and has worked hard in practice, earning Mangini's praise.

    Though Cedric Houston is expected to miss two to four weeks with a hyperextended left knee, Blaylock said he doesn't know if he'll dress tomorrow.

    The Jets' no-huddle offense has been surprisingly effective considering this is Pennington's first season directing it. The Jets rank eighth in the NFL in scoring (24.0 ppg).

    Mangini said he learned the no-huddle offense from former NFL head coach Ted Marchibroda in Baltimore and had every intention of running it when he was hired by the Jets. Marchibroda had great success running the no-huddle with QB Jim Kelly in Buffalo.

    The Jets have failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter of the past 18 games. ... Jags WR Matt Jones (hamstring) is out.

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    woohoo..football news..thanks for posting

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    more news

    October 7, 2006 -- They are blocking for Kevan Barlow, Cedric Houston and Derrick Blaylock these days, not Curtis Martin.

    Still, when Brandon Moore and the rest of the Jets offensive line studies the tapes from the team's previous games, they are frequently left wanting more.

    "It's so hard on Mondays when we go in to watch film and see what we left out there and how many more yards we could have picked up on the ground," Moore said yesterday as the Jets prepared for tomorrow's game in Jacksonville, Fla.

    "Whether it's finishing blocks or taking different angles, there are a lot of different factors. But there's no reason we shouldn't be getting well over 100 rushing yards a game."

    Instead, the Jets are averaging less than 90 yards per game as a team at an anemic 3.0 yards per carry.

    "It's definitely frustrating," Anthony Clement said. "Look, whenever you look at film, you are going to see yards that you left on the field, but we're at the point where we don't even need to look at the film. We know right away."

    The linemen were quick not to pin any of the blame on the backs.

    "It doesn't matter if it's Curtis Martin or anyone else back there," Moore said. "We block the same way."

    But Pete Kendall said he believed all the change on the offense this season has hurt production.

    "We've had an awful lot of new things come at us this year," Kendall said. "We've got new tight ends, new guys on the line and obviously new backs. We're still in the process of trying to figure out how everything fits together. We're still trying to get everyone to that comfort level."

    That means veterans Moore, Kendall and Clement need to keep tutoring rookies Nick Mangold and D'Brickashaw Ferguson.

    "We're going to get there. We were an older group last year with myself, Jason [Fabini] and Kevin [Mawae]," Kendall said. "These things happen in this business where teams try to get younger. This was an unusual circumstance. No one is satisfied with where we are, regardless of the circumstances."

    No one, that is, except Eric Mangini, who has liked the development of the line.

    "I've really been pleased with the way they performed the last couple weeks against some really good fronts," Mangini said.

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    The Jets are looking to improve to 3-0 on the road against Jacksonville, who will be without DT Marcus Stroud. . . . Mangini said the determination of which running backs are active might not be made until game day.

    dan.martin@nypost.com

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    Miller painting self out of corner



    BY OHM YOUNGMISUK
    DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

    Justin Miller was involved in numerous big plays last week against the Colts.
    Unfortunately, the ones that came against him could cost the cornerback a starting spot tomorrow when the Jets visit Jacksonville. Rookie Drew Coleman worked with the first team the past two days at corner and so far in the Eric Mangini era, the coach has not been shy about replacing starters after a poor game.

    Miller set a franchise record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown (103 yards) against Indianapolis. But he had trouble with Colts receiver Reggie Wayne.

    Wayne had a 41-yard reception in the second quarter that led to a Colts touchdown at the end of the first half. In the fourth quarter, Miller was flagged for pass interference on Wayne, leading to another Colts score.

    And after returning the kickoff that briefly gave the Jets a 28-24 lead, Miller gave up a 15-yard catch to Wayne that put the Colts at the Jets' 1-yard-line. That was followed by Peyton Manning's quarterback sneak with 50 seconds left that beat the Jets, 31-28.

    Neither Coleman nor Miller would reveal who is starting against the Jaguars.

    "No comment," Coleman said when asked if he has been told if he is the starter opposite Andre Dyson. "I'm just out there practicing and doing what I can. Just getting into the groove of things. But I don't know anything about it."

    After the Jets' 24-17 loss to New England, Mangini replaced strong safety Eric Coleman with Derrick Strait in the starting lineup against Buffalo. Both safeties have split time, however.

    Also, running back Derrick Blaylock went from starter for the first two games to the inactive roster for the past two.

    Clearly, no starting job is safe under Mangini, who is the anti-Herm Edwards.

    When asked about Miller's performance against the Colts, Mangini said the cornerback has much to work on.

    "I think he's improving," Mangini said. "I think there are a lot of things that he can do to continue to improve. That's true with a lot of those guys. The harder you study and the more you prep and the better you understand the different types of players that you're going against, the easier the game is and the more the game slows down. He's working at that."

    The 5-9 Coleman, a sixth-round draft pick out of TCU, has five tackles. Coleman said he quickly realized he was in the NFL when he went up against Giants' receivers Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer in the preseason.

    Tomorrow, he could face Reggie Williams or Ernest Wilford since Matt Jones is out with a hamstring injury.

    Miller, fifth on the team with 22 tackles, also will see action. Whether he starts remains to be seen.

    "That is the coach's decision," Miller said. "We just go out and compete. We are not concentrating on who is first or second. It is not my call. I have no control on that. That is on Coach."



    COLES COMFORT: WR Laveranues Coles (calf) still is listed as questionable for the third straight week but is expected to play. He is wearing a brace on his right wrist, which he hurt on the final wild final play of last week's game. ... RB Kevan Barlow, coming off a two-TD game, is looking for more action. "Hopefully, my role expands as the season goes on," he said. Actually, his role is shrinking. Barlow has started the last two games, but he appeared in fewer plays (18) last week than rookie Leon Washington (26).

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    Good reads guys. Good reads.

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    start leon washington, our brian westbrook

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPenn
    start leon washington, our brian westbrook
    Hurray, Football news!!!!

    I think we will see alot of Leon Washington in this game with Barlow coming in during red zone and short yardage situations.

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    Spicer better not get near Pennington; I don't care what DBrick does to him. I don't care if Spicer had good intentions. He hurt our franchise QB once and once is enough. If necessary send every player on the team to get Spicer but keep him away from CP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMJK
    Spicer better not get near Pennington; I don't care what DBrick does to him. I don't care if Spicer had good intentions. He hurt our franchise QB once and once is enough. If necessary send every player on the team to get Spicer but keep him away from CP.
    I would be surprised if any Jaguar gets a hand on Penny in this game.

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    Great thread - thanks for all the articles guys.

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