It was a rough night for Jets players. With the blackout, Hofstra officials wouldn't let them sleep in the dormitory. From an insurance and safety standpoint, the school didn't want the players staying in the dorms since the smoke detectors weren't working. So a big chunk of the rookie players had to sleep on the floor in the old Hofstra basketball arena. They had just had a pillow and nothing else on a hard floor. Some players actually preferred to sleep on the floor in the lockerroom. The veteran players were allowed to go home.
Because of this miserable experience, Edwards is putting the team up at the nearby Marriott on Friday night, and he is footing the bill. He isn't concerned about spending the money, but he is concerned about how is wife Lia is going to react when they get the bill . . .
The Jets experiment with guard Jon Goodwin at center continues. The Jets are going to play him in the fourth quarter at the position . . .
The Jets are in the market for a veteran backup swing tackle. With Brent Smith almost a lock to start at right guard, they essentially lost their backup swing tackle. Smith was signed to backup at right and left tackle. Both of their other backup tackles, Chris Smith and Will Ofenheusle, are both raw, and the team would be taking a big chance going into the season with them backing up Jason Fabini and Kareem McKenzie. Jumbo Elliott is a possibility, but his back is still a concern. "Someone will shake lose," said Edwards about the possibility of the Jets getting what they need on the waiver wire . . .
There is a good reason Vinny Testaverde has played just one series in two preseason games. The Jets coaches don't want the 39-year-old quarterback anywhere near the field with the team's inconsistent backup offensive line is in the game. Just look at the beating Brooks Bollinger took behind that unit. He was sacked seven times in two games, and is still dealing with a bruised thumb suffered in the Bengal game. This week, Testaverde will play more because the first string offensive line will still be in the game for part of the second quarter. In the second half, the Jets will play Brooks Bollinger and Marquel Blackwell. Chad Pennington will play in the first quarter . . .
While Curtis Martin will play in this game, he won't be on the field long "He will get the ball, but he won't last as long as the [other first-teamers]," said Edwards . . .
Chester McGlockton on training camp. - "This is the hardest thing for all of us." With all due respect to McGlockton, he must have practiced about six times all summer. He didn't really go through the true two-a-day experience.
McGlockton will play about 12 plays this week at the three-technique tackle position. This will be the first real test as to whether he has anything left.
During the Jets trip to Japan, McGlockton, who didn't make the trip, did some soul-searching. He wasn't sure he still wanted to play the game anymore. It sounds like he's still not sure.
"The stadium and the fans, that is when you can tell, because if you don't feel it then, you're not really feeling it," said McGlockton.