The Jets front office is livid at about a Giants front office official calling them a JV operation in a column by Filip "King Kong" Bondy. It was someone in the Giants public relations department who made the statement. Giants PR director Pat Hanlon is also angry and called his counterpart with the Jets, Ron Colangelo to apologize. "The comment this morning was a stupid, off-hand, unprofessional remark that never should have been uttered, let alone ended up in the newspaper," Hanlon said to Colangelo . . .
Jamie Henderson is likely going to play this week, but he's still not 100 percent. He is wearing a bulky brace, and will be limited. The Jets hope to get him involved on the nickel package on special teams. Expect Ray Green, who was filling in for Henderson at the nickel spot, to still be part of the package . . .
Expect defensive end Matt Walters, the Jets fifth round pick out of Miami, to see his most action this week. He will platoon with both Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas at the two end spots. Remember, the Jets enter this game with just three ends due to John Abraham's injury . . .
Bad news for the Jets, neither Donnie Abraham or Jon McGraw will be back for the Raiders game. They were both in uniform at practice this week, so it looked like there might be back early, but their shoulders still aren't 100 percent. According to a Jets source, if McGraw took a hit on his bad shoulder, the team's doctors think it will separate again . . . Let's face it, that flea-flicker touchdown to Santana Moss was a gift for whichever quarterback threw it. The Eagles defense is very aggressive, and blitz a lot, so their defensive backs are given to bite on gadget plays like that, once in a while. Herman Edwards decided to give Testaverde the gift because he wanted him to leave the game with confidence. It backfired on Edwards from a public relations standpoint because after Testaverde threw that touchdown pass, a lot of fans and reporter ripped the coach for taking the veteran quarterback out of the game . . .
Don't let his happy public face fool you, Edwards is ticked off about the state of the team's personnel. He pointed out in a recent television production meeting - "We have the second oldest team in the league." A quote from his Friday press conference was telling.
He was asked if he thought he had the talent, like last year, to dig out of a 2-5 hole. Edwards answered, "I'm not going to get into that."
The off-season is going to be action-packed. According to a Jets source, up to 16 players could be cut. The Jets main goal this off-season will be to get younger and faster. Don't expect any older stopgap measure free agents to be signed . . .
Expect an inspired effort from rookie Dewayne Robertson this week. Herman Edwards, who rarely goes public criticizing player, criticized Robertson this week in the press. He said Robertson didn't play well against the Eagles.
Aside from being highly-motivated to please his coach, another reason Robertson could have a big game this week is that the Giants start two rookie guards - Wayne Lucier and Dave Diehl. Robertson's most successful matchups this year have been against fellow rookies. He has trouble with experienced veterans who lock on to him . . .
The Jets better get a pass rush in this game, or they will be in big trouble. Not only are they without two starters in the secondary, but their replacements, cornerback Ray Mickens and safety Tyrone Carter, are both 5-7. The Giants have a lot of tall targets who could give these guys trouble . . .
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