Thomas going to miss practice time

Bryan Thomas was cut block and sprained his ankle. A penalty was called on the play, but that doesn't help Thomas, who will definitely miss the Cincinnati preseason game. Beyond that, it's unclear how long he will be sidelined. He had an electro-stimulation device on his ankle on the trip back from Japan. This is bad news for the Jets because Thomas needs all the practice time he can get. He is clearly a work in progress . . .<p>

Brooks Bollinger, despite having bad protection, played a solid game. He finished 9 of 13 for 98 yards and a touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 116.8. He was very effective throwing the quick slant, hitting Santana Moss for 12 and Jon Carter for 15. He took a awful beating behind a porous backup offensive line and is lucky he didn't get hurt. Bollinger took a vicious hit on a fourth quarter blitz by CB Tim Wansley, who forced a fumble that he returned for a touchdown. It was either Chris Smith or Little John Flower failed to pickup the blitz . . .

Herman Edwards offered Japanese wide receiver Yoshi Imoto a chance to come back and continue training camp, but Imoto made the pragmatic decision to stay in his homeland. What would be the point of coming back for a week or two when he has no chance of making the team? The flight is 14 hours each way. And what a great way to go out, on that 34-yard fly pattern in the fourth quarter. It was a magical moment in the Tokyo Dome . . .

Chad Pennington's 42-yard fly pattern to Curtis Conway was a nice play, but keep in mind it came against a slow backup safety named John Howell. The Jets deep passing game still needs a lot of work . . .

The Jets are going to have a tough decision to make on rookie tight end Gabe Reid. Obviously the Jets first three spots at tight are set with Anthony Becht, Chris Baker and James Dearth, so it's going to be tough for Reid to make the team, but he's making himself difficult to cut. He had two impressive catches, including a touchdown grab on a pass behind. He is most athletic and fast of the Jets tight ends, and he looks like a lock for the practice squad at the very least . . .

Longshot free agent running back Raymonn (this isn't a spelling error, it's how he spells his name) Adams might be the best runner of the third string tailback candidates. He looked good on his two carries in Tokyo. He is an NFL Europe product. He deserves more reps . . .

You can now understand why Herman Edwards didn't want to play Vinny Testaverde in this game. The Jets backup offensive line groups were very shaky. Just look at the beating Bolinger took. It would have been foolish to play the 39-year-old Testaverde in Tokyo . . .

Free agent linebacker Vince Alexander looked good. The Penn product made a good play on defense and on special teams. He's smart and athletic.


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