Thomas in great shape/Robertson named a starter

Defensive end Bryan Thomas in tremendous shape at 268 pounds. He was in great spirits when he arrived at camp, and is looking forward to making a big impact on the Jets pass rush this year.<p>

The Jets plan on rushing Thomas and John Abraham at the end positions in passing situations.

"It's a new year and a new beginning - I'm ready to go," said Thomas.

While Thomas is at 268 now, he will likely lose a three or four of those pounds during two-a-days. That is one of the reasons he bulked up to 268, because his best playing weight is in the 262-264 area, so he should settle into that area after a month of training camp . . .

It's amazing how much media attention undrafted free agent Ian Smart receives. When the running back checked into the dorm for training camp, he was surrounded by a myriad of television and newspaper reporters. Smart, a record setting running back from Division III C.W. Post, has a legitimate chance to win the Jets kickoff return job.

"He is going to get a long, long look,' said Herman Edwards . . .

Edwards confirmed Sunday that Dewayne Robertson will be the Jets starting three technique tackle on opening day barring any unforeseen circumstances . . .

Chester McGlockton lobbied to get uniform number 91, but the Jets didn't want to give it to him since it currently belongs to the suspended Josh Evans. McGlockton will wear #75, the number he wore in Kansas City . . .

Edwards read a letter from the NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue in his opening meeting with the team. The letter dealt with the conduct the league expects from it's players. Also in his speech Edwards talked about the importance of getting off to a better start this year. He had an assistant do some research on the number of mistakes the team made during their 1-4 start. They had 25 penalties, 97 mental errors and 65 missed tackles . . .

Rookie tight end Gabe Reid, who suffered a severe ankle sprain at the OTA's, is now healthy. Reid is a sleeper to keep an eye on in training camp. He is a 250 pounder who runs under 4.7 . . .

Edwards had some advice for Chad Pennington who is entering the season with high expectations.

"Just repeat what you did last year," Edwards said to Pennington . . .

Linebacker Marvin Jones will be excused from the first day of practice on Monday because he has to deal with a family matter.


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