Westhoff sounds off about poor special teams

The Jets backup safety combination of Tyrone Carter and Derek Pagel definitely need work. In the morning practice, wideout Jon Carter got behind them for a deep completion.

The Jets backup snapper job continues to be a hazardous line of work. Dennis O'Sullivan (arm), Matt O'Neal (ankle) and Bobby Brandt (back) were all held out of practice today. Brandt is having trouble staying healthy. First he had a knee injury, and now his back is acting up. The back injury shouldn't come as a surprise. He had back surgery while at Indiana . . .

Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff exonerated Tyrone Carter for not downing a first quarter punt that was rolling on the one-yard line. You see Carter had been pushed out of bounds on the play, so he was ineligible to touch the ball. So Carter actually made a smart decision on the play.

Westhoff wasn't happy with the performance of his special teams overall in Tokyo. He didn't make the trip due to the death of his father. He watched the game on television in the United States, but didn't make it to the end.

"By [the fouth quarter], I wasn't interested," said a disgusted Westhoff. "I wish I had been there, I would have straightened some things out."

One play he wasn't happy about was Doug Brien's first kickoff. "Doug's kick was real short," said Westhoff. "I didn't like that." . . .

Chester McGlockton participated in the morning practice and had mixed results. On one play, rookie guard Yogi Yovanovits pancaked him. He was out the ground a few times. He still needs to lose another 15-20 pounds to get near his playing weight . . .

In yesterday's practice, John Abraham got up slow from a pile. Today he was wearing a wrap on his left ankle. We wonder if the two were related . . .

Jason Ferguson jumped off-sides in the morning practice. He has had this problem throughout camp . . .

Dave Szott, like a lot of players, isn't a fan of two-a-day practice sessions. "This morning wasn't easy," said Szott. "I don't know who invented two-a-days, but they should be shot." . . .

Promising rookie linebacker Mark Brown continues to be sidelined by a pulled hamstring. He suffered the injury in the scrimmage that wrapped up the first week of training camp. Herman Edwards had a meeting with the Auburn product yesterday. "Don't walk around with your head down," Edwards told Brown. "Just keep studying." Brown looks like a good practice squad candidate. He had an excellent first week of practice before the injury . . .


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