Expect the Jets to play their younger, more mobile linebackers more in this game than last game. The Texans have three big, fast receivers (Andre Johnson, Corey Bradford and Jabar Gaffney) and a mobile tight end (Billy Miller), so the Jets are going to need more speed at linebacker to deal with this, so expect to see more of the young linebackers, especially Jason Glenn, the best young coverage linebacker . . .
You have to feel bad for Leonard Myers. The cornerback looked like he had a future with the team, but lasted one game. And he actually didn't play bad against Buffalo. Unfortunately for Myers, he got hurt, and the doctors felt he would be out for a several weeks. The team needed to add a couple of healthy defensive backs, because of the injuries to Jamie Henderson, Jon McGraw and Myers. So they had to release Myers and Alan Harper to create a couple of roster spots to sign cornerback Ray Green and safety David Young.
It was horrible blow to Myers career, because after bouncing around with a couple of teams, it looked like he finally found a home. His release had nothing to do with his performance, it was strictly related to his injury. He could be brought back at some point in the future . . . We don't know if Ray Green is a good player, but one thing is abundantly clear, his size-speed ratio is outstanding. He is 6-3, 195 pounds and runs a legitimate 4.4 forty. He will be the Jets nickel back this week, and he's a good matchup against the Texans big, fast receiving corps.
Signing Young was an excellent move. The Jets could use another young, developmental safety, and the Cleveland Browns hated losing him . . .
John Abraham returns to the lineup this week after missing a game due to disciplinary reasons.
"It's something I don't plan on doing anymore," said Abraham about getting in trouble. Look for the Jets to try and exploit the Texans right tackle Greg Randall with Abraham . . .
Curtis Conway has responded well to his new role as the team's #3 receiver. He did so well in the new role against Buffalo, he was given a game ball. Now after one game in his new role, he might be back in the old one. With Wayne Chrebet dealing with a back injury and being listed as questionable, expect Conway to start against Houston . . .
This Jamie Martin situation is bizarre. He was not at practice on Wednesday, and this led to speculation that he was released. The team said he was dealing with a family matter, but that might just be a front. From what we hear, they wanted to waive Martin, but a league technicality didn't allow them to do it. We hear Martin might have thought he was waived and that is why he wasn't at practice on Wednesday. This league technicality hurt the Jets, because it made them waive Leonard Myers and keep Martin, who is going to be released next week anyway when Pennington returns to the starting lineup.
When Herman Edwards was asked by a reporter, "Why is Jamie Martin still here?" Edwards said, "I have no comment." . . .
Chad Pennington and Herman Edwards met for about an ½ on Wednesday night to discuss the quarterbacks status. It's almost a lock that the quarterback will return to the starting lineup next week . . .
The Jets worked out safety Wes Bautovich on Wednesday, but decided not to sign him . . .
The team practiced in their bubble on Wednesday, and Edwards had the heat turned up to 80 degrees to simulate the Texas heat. It should be around 80 degrees on Sunday. The Texans play in a retractable dome. This is the Jets first game in this kind of stadium . . .
The Jets released linebacker Mark Brown from the practice squad to make room for Alan Harper. But by no means is Brown done with the team. They like the linebacker, but they like to rotate different players on the practice squad. Expect Brown to return.
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