The hype surrounding LaMont Jordan appears to be legitimate. The Jets' rookie running back, touted as the present backup to Curtis Martin and as Martin's eventual successor, continued an impressive preseason Saturday night, when he gained 57 yards on 10 carries and scored the only touchdown in the Jets' 16-3 win over Baltimore.
"The more he plays, the more he looks like a real guy in this league," Jets coach Herman Edwards said Sunday.
Jordan arrived at Weeb Ewbank Hall as a question mark after a middling senior season at the University of Maryland (Jordan gained 920 yards last season for the Terps, down from 1,632 as a junior), but his workmanlike attitude has continually impressed the Jets. When Jordan scored the first touchdown of his professional career on Saturday, he acted as if he'd been there before by simply handing the ball to the ref. The Jets believe it will be the first of many scores for Jordan.
HERE'S THE KICKER: Somewhere in Virginia, Al Groh had to be gritting his teeth. John Hall, declared inactive by Groh for the regular season finale last December against Baltimore, single-handedly won the game for the Jets on Saturday with field goals of 20, 37 and 49 yards. Hall nearly added a jaw-dropping fourth field goal to the stat sheet but barely missed a 55-yarder as time expired in the first half.
TIGHT AT TIGHT END: Backup tight end Jake Moreland is expected to miss the rest of the preseason with a knee sprain he suffered Saturday night. The Jets only have two healthy tight ends in camp: Starter Anthony Becht and New Jersey native Scott Slutzker. If Moreland has to miss regular season time, don't be surprised if the Jets scour the waiver wire for another body at tight end.
THIS WEEK: The Jets will conduct two-a-days at Hofstra Tuesday through Thursday. Camp breaks following Friday's morning workout and the annual Jets-Giants preseason game takes place at—you guessed it—Giants Stadium on Saturday night.