Evans, who is staying in great shape working out twice a day in Boca Raton, Florida, will help out at the three technique position because he has much better speed and quickness than current backup Chester McGlockton . . .
Speaking of McGlockton - it is shocking that the Jets use him at end. They did it in the Dallas game, and then again against the Eagles. At least at tackle, McGlockton doesn't' have to cover that much ground. At end, his lack of speed becomes a major liability. It's probably fair to say he might be the slowest defensive lineman in the league. Hey, that isn't his fault. He is 34-years-old and the Jets talked him out of retirement. The Jets used McGlockton at end against Dallas, and then against the Eagles, both because of injuries to John Abraham. Using McGlockton at end, speaks volumes about the play of Bryan Thomas. Obviously the defensive coaches have little faith in him. Against the Eagles, he had no tackles. He has trouble getting off blocks, and his instincts are shaky. When your star defensive end gets hurt (Abraham), and you have the 22nd pick of the 2002 draft behind him, a supposed speed rusher just Thomas, and you use McGlockton instead, that is an example of poor drafting.
Thomas will get another chance this week to make some plays against the Giants, because Abraham is out with a groin injury. Also getting a chance at that end position this week is Matt Walters, the Jets fifth round pick in the 2003 draft. At this point we would have to say Walters is a more productive player than Thomas. While he doesn't have the physical gifts of Thomas, he has better instincts, and seems to be making more plays when given a chance to play . . .
The Jets made the announcement on Tuesday that Abraham is out and Mo Lewis (hip) is questionable. This information was released upon the MRI results coming back. Both MRI's were negative. Expect Victor Hobson to play more this week . . .
The Jets continue to get injury breaks with opponents. Giants starting defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin will miss this game. Also, Giants cornerback Will Peterson is out. This elevates Ralph Brown to the starting lineup and makes the Giants use a rookie nickel back, Frank Walker. Pennington should be able to get a lot done against Brown and Walker. And we know what a mess the Giants offensive line is. It's a shame that John Abraham is out because he could have had a field day . . . While some people think Chad Pennington didn't play well against the Eagles, that isn't accurate. Actually for a player who missed two months, he looked pretty sharp (aside from the fourth quarter pick).
"For him to come in on the minus 8 and go on a 70 yard drive, that was pretty impressive," said Herman Edwards. "We had 377 yards total offense and he provided 176 of them and took us on two drives. The first one, 70 yards; it started on the minus 8. We fumbled the ball on the 20. Well, he didn't fumble the ball. It's not his fault."
Expect a big game from Pennington this week . . .
You get the feeling that Jason Ferguson, who is having an excellent season, is fed up with the shoddy tackling that is going on behind him and rightfully so. "I made my tackles," a frustrated Ferguson said after the game.
The Jets tackling issue stems from their lack of speed at linebacker. From what we hear, the Jets personnel department thought Marvin Jones and Mo Lewis had one more good year left in them, and they miscalculated.
According to one Jets source, "Marvin has a hit a wall."
As for Lewis is surgical hip continues to be a problem . . .
Obviously this will be the last year in green and white for these two players . . . The Jets lucked out when Todd Pinkston beat Tyrone Carter for an apparent touchdown in the back of the end zone, but Pinkston couldn't get two feet in pounds, but he clearly beat the safety.
One Jets source tells us, Carter is a tough player, and a good tackler, but his instincts in pass coverage aren't great. But he will have to do for the next two weeks while Jon McGraw continues to rehab his shoulder injury . . .
One week after combining on a game-saving tackle against Houston on J.J. Moses, Quincy Stewart and David Young both had bad mistakes against the Texans. Stewart let Ike Reese get by him on the blocked punt. Young was called for holding on a return . . .
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