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    Jets in no rush to land Pennington's backup
    Tuesday, August 17, 2004
    BY DAVE HUTCHINSON
    Star-Ledger Staff
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- For now, Brooks Bollinger and Ricky Ray are the Jets' backup quarterbacks. Case closed.

    Although Bollinger has struggled and is now injured, and Ray is a CFL import who lasted just three weeks with the 49ers last season before being waived, the Jets don't plan to parade a bunch of quarterbacks in for tryouts or make a panic trade.

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    Bollinger, whose job it is to lose -- and he's doing a good job of it -- suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and is expected to be out a week. Ray, who looked sharp in drills yesterday, will be the backup to Chad Pennington on Saturday night in Indianapolis.

    Chris Finlen, who was in the Saints' camp last summer, is also on the roster.

    The Jets' thinking is that Bollinger or Ray may still be their guy and they want to give both every opportunity before bringing in someone. They believe their backup quarterback situation is similar to many teams in the league. Only a few teams, the Jets contend, have solid veteran backups who have played in the NFL.

    A quick review of league rosters, however, reveals that only the Giants (rookie Eli Manning), Cowboys (rookie Drew Henson), 49ers (second-year pro Ken Dorsey) and Steelers (rookie Ben Roethlisberger) have backup quarterbacks with less experience than Bollinger and Ray, neither of whom has yet to throw an NFL pass.

    The plan for the Jets, it appears, is to pick up a veteran after the final cuts if Bollinger and Ray continue to falter.

    "They kind of shake loose at the end," coach Herman Edwards said. "It's like fishing. Nothing bites and you just stay patient. Eventually something happens and you catch something."


    CB Ray Mickens

    suffered a strained left knee Sunday and will be out a week, Edwards said. The loss of Mickens, the valuable nickel back, for an extended period of time would have been a huge blow to the defense.


    Rookie CB Derrick Strait

    is behind Mickens and will replace him in most situations, but Edwards said LBs Jonathan Vilma and Jason Glenn are fast and athletic enough to play the position in certain zone coverages.


    CB Andrew Davison,

    who played for the Jets in 2002 and was with Dallas last season, was signed. Even before Mickens' injury, the Jets were concerned about depth at cornerback.


    DT Dewayne Robertson

    continues to get high praise from the coaching staff although he didn't record any tackles in 12 plays vs. the Saints last week. They contend he's commanding double teams and is collapsing the pocket.


    Edwards is hoping

    his new defense can help punt returner Santana Moss break loose.

    "We have to stop people so he can return punts for us," Edwards said. "We don't get him the ball enough on punt returns. If we can get the ball in his hands as a punt returner, he can make something happen there, too."


    Free-agent RB Josh Davis

    (right knee) will undergo season-ending surgery.

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    I seriously hope Herm is not thinking that Vilma or Glenn are options at CB

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