Abraham ready to breakout

Now that his breathing problems from last year have subsided, John Abraham, the Jets Pro-Bowl defensive end is expected to improve upon last year's already strong performance.<p>

"He's a different guy with the surgery," said Herman Edwards. "His breathing is better, it's going to help us."

Last year Abraham recorded ten sacks, and made an appearance in the Pro-Bowl. He was not 100 percent.

This year the sky should be the limit for the fourth year defensive-end from South Carolina. Now, Abraham is healthy, and he's got a better supporting cast around him then ever before.

The Jets sport one of the deepest defensive lines in the National Football League.

With the recent signing of Chester McGlockton, the Jets now have five first round draft picks (Abraham, Shawn Ellis, Dewayne Robertson, Bryan Thomas, McGlockton) in a line rotation that also includes Jason Ferguson. Ferguson was a seventh round selection in 1997. That is a six- man rotation that can stand up against any in the league.

To look at this another way, there are many teams in the NFL who don't have five first round picks on their entire defense. The Jets have this area covered in one-third of their total defensive package.

What does this all mean?

The end result of all this talent is that teams are going to find it hard to double-team Abraham. Teams simply cannot afford to focus on any player on this line. If they do they will just get beat by the other talented players. Player's like Ellis, Robertson, and Thomas.

If this happens Abraham should put up a career year. He was the focus of many double teams last year.

"The key to the Jets, as they go over all this stuff is John Abraham," said Phil Simms, a CBS Sports Analyst, and former Giants Quarterback. "If he stays healthy he's going to make a number of plays this year that are going to decide two or three games, he is that good of a pass rusher. He is just as good as Jason Taylor. He's a tremendous player."

Abraham has put up sack totals of 4.5 in 2000, 13.0 in 2001, and 10 last season.

The Jets now play on a faster surface called field turf. This should help Abraham get around the tackles with more precision, and allow him to get more pressure on the opposing quarterbacks.

Last season Abraham would actually stop breathing at night in his sleep. His girlfriend would have to wake him up to get him to breath again. This problem would then interfere with his sleeping patterns. Abraham developed sleep apnea, and would loose energy as a result.

This year a healthy Abraham, with more talent, and a faster surface should be a one man wrecking crew….

NOTES: Tom Finken an official who will be working this weekend's game, when the Jets host the Bengals says the Jets have one of the most disciplined and mistake free teams in the NFL.

"The Jets are one of the least penalized teams in the NFL," said Finken. "It shows good coaching, and attention to detail."…

Bryan Thomas will not play this Sunday. Edwards said he could probably play if it was a regular season game but to be on the side of caution he will sit. "If Bryan had to play he probably could." …

Laveranues Coles made some comments about Edwards in this week's issue of Sports Illustrated. The comments were about Edwards, and promises he made to Cloes, while he was a member of the Jets. Today Edwards responded saying "That's his opinion. He has a right to feel the way he feels. I think there is a lot more maturing he has to go through"…

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