Jets expect better outing Saturday

After a so-so performance against Atlanta in the preseason opener, the Jets expect to play better on both sides of the ball Saturday night against Baltimore.

The Jets debuted a new offense and a new defense in last Saturday's preseason opener against Atlanta, but both units struggled at times in a 20-10 loss to the Falcons. With another week of practice under their belts, the Jets are hoping the results are a little more positive in Saturday's contest against defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore at the Meadowlands.

"I expect a lot more," Wayne Chrebet said. "I think it was a better week of practice—not that last week wasn't good, but we're just getting more comfortable with [the West Coast offense]."

"I think you'll see a lot better [performance] from the whole defense," defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said.

The Jets were impressed last week with the performance of their defensive line in the new 3-4 scheme, and Cottrell said Friday he expected to keep Shaun Ellis on the inside while giving extended playing time at end to the speedy Eric Ogbogu, who has impressed the staff all summer.

A FROST-Y RETURN: Scott Frost, who suffered broken ribs and a sprained ankle in a frightening car crash last month, finally made his training camp debut Friday. Frost said he was ready to return to action on Tuesday but had to sit out until he and the Jets could agree on the terms of an agreement which absolves the Jets of any responsibilities should Frost aggravate any of the injuries he suffered in the car wreck.

"The injuries that were holding me out occurred in a non-football setting and the Jets rightfully didn't want to be responsible for that in case I got hurt," said Frost, who added he was grateful to Herman Edwards and Terry Bradway for their patience throughout the ordeal.

With the Jets stocked at the safety position and the club in desperate need of salary cap relief, Frost is in an uphill battle to make the team. "I have a little less time to go out and prove myself, but if you're not busting your ass 100 percent all the time anyway then you don't belong out there," Frost said.

PLAY OF THE DAY: On the final play of practice, Chad Pennington rolled out to his right and threaded a needle into the end zone to Windrell Hayes, who caught the ball just barely inside the pylon and just barely in bounds for a nifty touchdown grab.


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