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The Jets will be very active working the phones during the draft. They could move up or down out of both their first round slots . . . Rumors continue to circulate that the Jets love Miami wideout Andre Johnson

His physical skills are mind-boggling. He is 6-2, 230 pounds and has been clocked at under 4.3 in the forty. His speed for a man his size is amazing, and he would provide the Jets with the big, fast receiver they need. Contrary to some reports, Curtis Conway isn't that guy. He's a good player, but he's just a little over 6-0 and weighs 196 pounds. Some scouts don't consider him particularly physical. Aside from his impressive physical skills another reason the Jets might want to trade up for Johnson is that he is a kick returner. If they were able to get him, he would instantly fill two needs. We hear Houston is looking to trade out of the #3 spot, so it's possible the Jets could work a deal with them . . .

 

Another player the Jets might look to trade up for is Kansas State cornerback Terrence Newman. Aside from giving them the best cornerback in the draft, and an heir apparent to Donnie Abraham or Aaron Beasley, he's also the best kick returner in the draft. He has and unreal ability to change directions . . .

 

The Jets were interested in Charlie Rogers, the former Buffalo and Seattle kick returner, but Miami beat them to him. Two returners out of the street who might interest them are former Raider Reggie Barlow and former Jet Craig Yeast. The Jets signed former Giant Sean Bennett last week, but we hear he's not a very good returner . . .

 

The Jets are still waiting to hear back from the league about their grievance regarding the Laveranues Coles offer sheet. They feel the Redskins violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement by announcing Coles signed the offer sheet, and paraded him around, for a full three days before he actually inked the deal. That is illegal. With the mishandling of the Coles situation by the Redskins and NFL combined with the league giving the Jets poor direction in the Chad Morton ordeal, The Green and White might be able to get a compensatory pick in next year's draft from the folks on Park Avenue . . .

 

No word yet on whether Jets lawyer Neil Roman will get a chance to use any of Richard Bloch's Redskins tickets next year.


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