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Monday Premium Notes

When the Jets play in Japan expect the young players to play an awful lot. One Jet executive joked, "Expect to see Lance Gibson a lot." <BR><BR>

Gibson is a longshot undrafted free agent from Central Washington. The Jets are not going to risk playing veterans very long on an artificial turf field after a 13 hour flight in the first of five preseason games. That is a recipe for disaster and they know that.

A lot of people think this trip if going to be detrimental to the Jets training camp -a major distraction, but Herman Edward refuses to use it as an excuse.

"That's the cards we got dealt; those are the cards we're going to play," said Edwards who was part of the Kansas City entourage that played in this game in 1996. "You can make all the excuses in the world, but I'm not like that. We are going to enjoy the trip." Edwards past experience in this game should help the Jets handle this trip in the most pragmatic way . . .

Chester McGlockton arrived at the Jets complex on Monday morning at 7:30 am to work with strength coach John Lott on some running. He has a lot of conditioning work to do in short period of time. It is estimated that he weighs over 370 pounds. He needs to lose about 25 pounds to get down to a weight he can function at. The Jets are going to hold him out of practice for a couple of weeks so he doesn't get hurt . . .

It looks like Curtis Conway is going to be the starting receiver opposite Wayne Chrebet. This isn't shouldn't be perceived as insult to Santana Moss. The Jets prefer Moss as the third receiver in the slot. They want him to get him a certain amount of touches per game. It could be 10 touches between punt returns, receptions and reverses. They want to be careful not to overuse him with his history of being injury prone . . .

After releasing rookie guard Lui Fuata on Sunday, he was back on the practice field on Monday. The Jets waived him because he failed his physical, but brought him back and put him on the PUP list. He is still rehabbing a knee injury from college, but the Jets love his potential and are willing to wait on him . . .

With Marvin Jones excused from practice for personal reasons, Kelvin Moses was the Jets starting middle linebacker . . .

The leading candidate to return kicks, former Dolphin Albert Johnson, was finally cleared to practice (he missed all of the spring workouts) and looked good. He had knee reconstruction last October. If his knee is healthy, he could be a nice replacement for Chad Morton. He was an excellent returner in the CFL . . .


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