Jets can exploit the Patriots secondary<p>

Jets get a big break with the announcement that left guard Mike Compton will miss the game with a foot injury. <p>

This forces the Patriots to shuffle an already weak offensive line. Starting center Damien Woody, who didn't play last because of a chest injury, now has to move to left guard. The team will start rookie Dan Koppen at center. The team's right guard, Joe Andruzzi, is still working his way back to 100 percent, after off-season knee surgery. Right tackle Adrian Klemm, filling in for the injured Kenyatta Jones, is still recovering from off-season knee surgery. The most stable position on the offensive line might be left tackle Matt Light, who is just average.

"He lacks lower-body strength to consistently get movement in short-yardage situation," said a scout from 'The Warroom' about Light. "He will struggle going against bigger or stronger ends."

Expect John Abraham to give Light fits because he tends to struggle against speed rushers. Abraham is going to be highly-motivated to make up for his performance last week that he called his worst as a Jet.

Expect the Jets to put quite a beating on Tom Brady, an immobile quarterback playing behind a patchwork offensive line.

The Jets better put pressure on Brady, or he will pick them apart. He is clearly going to go after nickel back Jamie Henderson and dime back Tyrone Carter. Henderson is still skaking the cobwebs off after missing most of last year. Also, remember, he didn't play a lot of cornerback at Georgia. He was more of a linebacker, so he is till a work-in-progress. Carter is a big hitter, but he's a better fit for the safety position, so playing a dime cornerback spot could be a big challenge to him . . .

Herman Edwards admitted Friday that Brent Smith is struggling at times at right guard.

"He going to have miscues," said Edwards. "You are talking about a guy that has played two games and that is tough."

"I have a ways to go," said Smith . . .

Look for the Jets to go to Santana Moss often in this game. They feel Moss is the only player on their offense who truly scares people, and his ability to go deep forces other teams to take the eighth man out of the box. This should help their running game. There are three members of the Patriots secondary the Jets should be able to exploit in this game. Left cornerback Tyrone Poole is a journeyman, who is just a stop-gap measure until one of the Patriot's young cornerbacks are ready. At strong safety, they are starting rookie cornerback Eugene Wilson. He has never played there before, so expect the Jets to go after him. Also the team's new starting free safety, Rodney Harrison, is a superb run defender, but a liability in pass coverage. That is why the Charger cut him.

If the Jets passing game doesn't flourish in this game, it never will . . .

It doesn't look like Jason Glenn is going to play in this game. He was held out of practice once again with an ankle sprain. Taking his place as the nickel linebacker is Khary Campbell, who is an unknown. Even the Jets wonder how he is going to respond, because he has never played linebacker in a regular season NFL game . . .

Edwards mistakenly said Friday that Chad Pennington had a few of the pins taken out of his right hand. Pennington cleared it up later and said it's not happening for another two weeks.

Edwards said it has been very hard for Pennington to watch these games from the sideline.

"It's killing him," said Edwards . . .

The Jets expect to play backup three technique tackle Chester McGlockton about 30 snaps this week. Don't be shocked if McGlockton plays more than Dewayne Robertson who is struggling . . .

The Jets are in dire need of another young cornerback and that is why they signed former Patriot Leonard Myers. They liked him coming out of Miami of Florida, and felt he was better than a sixth round pick.

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