Jets to use more two tight end sets

In an effort to create confusion on the part of their opponents, and to utilize all their offensive talent, expect the Jets to use more two tight end sets this season. <p>

The decision was made easier on Herman Edwards because of the steady play of both Anthony Becht, and Chris Baker so far in training camp.

Becht, a former first round pick has been in competition all summer with Baker. He was the Jets third round selection last year. Becht dedicated himself to coming to camp this year in the best shape of his life, perhaps in fear of losing his starting role.

Although Becht has caught 80 balls for 708 yards in his three-year career, he has never fully lived up to the expectations that his first round draft pedigree came with, as far as being a receiving tight end.

Baker caught three balls in his first year in the NFL. His lack of statistics can be due partly to the Jets wanting to develop their rookies slowly, a tactic employed with Baker last season.

Baker, however is definitely a threat to catch balls, as evidenced by the numbers he put up in college, while attending Michigan State.

In college, Baker put together a streak of 24 consecutive games with a reception, and set a school record at Michigan State for tight ends with 133 career catches for 1,705 yards (12.8 average). 13 of those receptions were for touchdowns.

Baker has become a favorite target of Chad Pennington's this summer. The two have worked hard to create chemistry with one another.

With two talented players it is going to be hard for Edwards to keep one of them on the bench.

"The two tight end package intrigues me," said Edwards.

In modern day NFL offenses, teams are always searching for new and creative ways to keep opposing defenses off balance.

Using two tight ends can do just that.

"The more you show [opposing defenses], the more they have to cover, " said Edwards, "and they can't cover everything."

When opposing defenses see two tight ends on the field at the same time, it forces them to make decisions about where to position the strong safety, whether to defend against a pass or the run, or if the two tight ends are going to be used in pass protection, thus forcing an extra defender on to the line.

Edwards likes the idea of creating confusion.

"The two tight end set dictates things to a defense," he said. "Now they have to make decisions. So when you have both of them out there, you can pass or run away from where their safeties are. So you know know they have one less person on either the left or the right side. It is just another weapon."

EXTRA POINTS: ELLIS WANTS MORE SACKS: Fourth year defensive end Shaun Ellis is looking to get more sacks this season.

Ellis, a former first round selection, is often compared to his counterpart on the defensive line, John Abraham. Abraham has established himself as one of the most feared defensive ends in the league, often drawing double teams, while Ellis has simply developed the reputation of a solid player.

"I feel like I made big strides last year," said Ellis. "I want to at least have double digit sacks this year. Every defensive lineman wants that. It is a realistic goal."

Ellis had a career year in terms of sacks during his rookie campaign. In 2000, Ellis started just two games, however he recorded 8.5 sacks.

WIDE RECEIVERCOMPETITION: With Kevin Swayne penciled in at the number four receiver spot, an interesting battle is developing between three players for the fifth spot.

"Kevin has three years in the offense, we are comfortable with him, right now he is our number four receiver," said Edwards.

The players in competition for the fifth spot are Phil McGeoghan, Jonathan Carter, and rookie Cecil Moore.

This battle is interesting because all three receiver have different attributes, all of which the Jets are looking for.

McGeoghan is the big physical receiver the team craves, while Carter is the fastest, and Moore has the most potential upside of the three.

"We have a log jam at the receiver spot," said Edwards

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