Pennington at first is just going to play catch with him, not have him run routes. The Jets quarterback likes to get a feel for what type of ball a receiver likes, before he works on route running with him . . .
The Jets feel this is a very good draft for offensive lineman, so look for them to add a tackle early. Aside from adding a tackle in the draft, the Jets are looking at adding a veteran backup after June 1 . . .
Jets have lost eight players in free agency and last year they lost 13 players, so the continuity should be better this year . . .
The Jets think that Mo Lewis, if he is not a cap casualty, will play better for them in 2003 than he did last year. We hear his hip injury was so painful he could hardly walk, when he was not playing. He had a bone chip on his hip.
"He will be a lot more productive for us," said Edwards. "He was hurt. It's a tribute to him that he played; a lot of guys wouldn't have played." . . .
We hear good things about the Jets new tight end coach Dick Curl. He is one of those seasoned coaches with an extensive resume. He has big shoes to fill.. The Jets fired a good tight end coach in Phil Pettey, whose dismissal had nothing to do with football. He had a shouting match with Jets assistant Jimmy Ray. The two could not get along and Edwards decided to keep Ray. It's a shame Pettey was fired because he's a good man and he did a solid job during his two years in New York . . .
One NFL coach was not impressed with the Bills signing of defensive tackle Sam Adams.
"How many teams has he been on?" the coach said. "He is high-maintenance." . . .
The Jets have decided not to bring back defensive tackle Geradie Mercer . . ..The Jets coaches feel the new field turf at the Meadowlands, which is a variation of artificial turf, will help their team speed. Ted Cottrell thinks John Abraham can have a sack total in the high teens with the new home surface.. Abraham slipped quite a bit last year on the Meadowlands poor grass field.