Hobson has the potential to be a tremendous NFL run defender. A big problem for the Jets this year is running backs trickling forward a few yards after the initial hit. What the coaches love about Hobson is that when he hits someone, they got backward. He is a powerfully built 6-1, 245 pounds with a body that has obviously spent a lot of time in the weight room. He might be the best hitter on the Jets . . .
While Chad Pennington is making great progress, his left hand is still swollen, so he is likely still a few weeks away. He did work in the seven-on-seven drill on Thursday in practice. Pennington looked decent throwing the ball, but did throw a pick to Jon McGraw. Next week he will be even more involved, taking part in the full scrimmages, but nobody better touch him.
"He will have a red jersey on everyone will see," said Herman Edwards . . .
It would be shocking if Herman Edwards suspends John Abraham for this game. You aren't going to find too many 0-4 teams that will suspend possibly their best player, when they don't have to. The guess here is that Edwards holds him out for a series. Abraham should be able to get a sack or two against Bills right tackle Mike Williams, who is not having a good year. He gave up two sacks to Cincinnati's Duane Clemons last week.
Abraham was more involved in the starting unit on Thursday then he was on Wednesday. Anyway way you look at it, Abraham is going to play a lot in this game.
Also, one other thing to consider about Abraham is that he is still nursing a pulled hamstring, so if he's limited in this game, it could be as much hamstring related as DWI related . . .
Expect all three primary backups at linebacker to play against the Bills. Victor Hobson will platoon with Mo Lewis, Kenyatta Wright with Marvin Jones and Jason Glenn with Sam Cowart. This isn't just lip service - Hobson, Wright and Glenn are going to play quite a bit in the regular defense. This is a very unusual situation in the NFL. Teams usually just platoon defensive linemen, not linebackers. While it's good to get some young blood in the mix, you have to wonder if the "firedrill" setup, with guys running in and out of the game could hurt continuity. "I worry about [continuity] a little bit," said Edwards. "But I don't worry about it. We're trying to get better." . . .
The Jets will probably try to go deep to Santana Moss this week, but this could be difficult against the Bills, who have one of the better pair of shutdown corners in the NFL in Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements.
The key to the passing game could be getting favorable matchups against the Bills safeties. Lawyer Milloy is an excellent run support safety, but just average in coverage. Also the Bills other starting safety spot is shaky. The team is still trying to figure out if free agent addition Izell Reese or incumbent Pierson Prioleau is the answer. If the Jets can get someone like Wayne Chrebet, Curtis Conway or Jon Carter on the safeties, they could get accomplish some good things . . . The Jets continue to be very high on Leonard Myers and he will take over the dime role from Tyrone Carter. The Jets wanted a pure cornerback at the position, and Carter is a safety by trade. "[Myers] had pretty good instincts," said Edwards. "He will come up and tackle." . . . Myers will actually play at the cornerback position on the nickel package and Jamie Henderson will move inside to the slot . . .
The Jets will get newly acquired linebacker Quincy Stewart involved on special teams immediately. He was one of the 49ers best special team's player the last couple of years . . . Expect the Jets special teams to have a big game. You give the "Mad Scientist" Mike Westhoff, two weeks to prepare, and look out. Don't be surprised if Michael Bates or Santana Moss breaks a big one this week . . .
This concept that Curtis Martin has lost something is overblown. He has looked excellent this week in practice. The problem Martin is having this year is simple. Teams don't respect the Jets passing game very much, so they are playing eight or nine up towards the line and shutting down Martin. Also the team misses Randy Thomas' blocking in the running game. The problem is not Martin.
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