New Starter at Right Guard?

There was an interesting lineup move in the afternoon practice.Jets had Brent Smith starting at right guard. While it wasn't announced by the team, Tom Nutten has some kind of elbow injury that was heavily wrapped on the sideline.

But it was interesting that Smith was in the starting lineup ahead of Jon Goodwin. Nutten and Goodwin had been platooning at the position. You wonder if the coaches are sending a message to Goodwin. This shows you the versatility of Smith. He can play both guard and tackle positions. He started at both tackle positions at different times with the Dolphins, and actually started a playoff game at right guard. If his knees are okay, he gives the Jets a heck of an insurance policy at every offensive line position except for center . . .

Speaking of offensive linemen, the Jets are very pleased with play of rookie free agent offensive tackle Will Ofenheusle. He might have been their best undrafted free agent signing. He was a very solid right tackle at Tennessee the last two years . . .

Herman Edwards is being very careful with Chester McGlockton. He doesn't want to make him practice too soon and risk injury. So far McGlockton has dropped 15 pounds in two weeks. That would put him at 360 pounds.

He is still not practicing because Edwards doesn't think he's ready.

"He hasn't done anything in four months," said Edwards. "It would be unfair to him to go out and do double days and expect him to keep up with guys who have been training for four months. You can't treat him like everyone else." . . .

Brooks Bollinger showed his toughness, taking a monster hit on a blindside blitz in the fourth quarter. He bounced right back up.

"He never blinked," said Edwards. "That is his composure. He doesn't get rattled when he gets hit. He got up and kept playing." . . .

A lot of Jets fans were wondering why Tyrone Carter didn't down a first half punt that was lingering around the one-yard line. It looked like a gimme. Carter didn't down the ball because he had been pushed out of bounds running down the field, thus he was ineligible to touch the ball. This is a perfect example of why people shouldn't jump to conclusions. Everyone assumed he made a bonehead play, but he didn't . . . John Abraham gave the team a scare in the afternoon practice. He was slow to get up from a pile. It looked like he suffered some kind of leg injury, but he was able to shake it off . . .

Bryan Thomas' ankle injury obviously isn't very severe. He was seen at the cafeteria during lunch without any brace or wrap on it.


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