More time for Jordan? / Jets sign WR Lockett

After helping lead the Jets to their third win of the season and playing his best football of the year in the process, the question has to be raised. <p>

Is it time to incorporate RB LaMont Jordan into a more regular role in this offense?

According to the man who currently holds down the starting RB back job, the answer is "yes."

"I don't see any reason why he should not be in there," said Curtis Martin. "I know Lamont gets the job done, and as long as he does that, I don't have any problems with him being in the game. If he weren't [getting the job done] then I would [have a problem with him being in the line up], but we all have confidence in Lamont."

In his limited chances this season the third-year running back has made the most of his opportunities; highlighted by last week's performance when Jordan rushed for 69 yards, on seven attempts, and scored a touchdown.

Jordan has also played well this season in games against Houston (seven rushes for 40 yards, 1 touchdown) and Miami (five receptions for 61 yards).

Using Jordan in a more extended role throughout the remainder of the year could be beneficial for a team that has struggled running the ball at times, this season.

"Lamont wants to help this football team in whatever way he can," said Edwards. "I just think the more we can give him the ball [the better], because he is an explosive guy, he can make big plays in the running game."

In Jordan, Gang Green has the polar opposite of starting TB Curtis Martin.

"Lamont can bounce off two or three tackles: and all of the sudden he is running," said Edwards. "That's what you like about the kid."

When you throw his intimidating-bruising style and add it to Martin's scat-back approach, it really puts an onus on how defenses attempt to scheme the Jets.

These contrasting styles could help Gang Green's offense if the coaching staff can find ways to get both Jordan and Martin on the field at the same time.

Even Martin is quick to point out the different running styles obvious between the two.

"Lamont and I always talk about how I am the guy that will make [opposing players] miss, and he is the guy that will run up on you, and run you over," said Martin. "The differences in our styles we can use that to our advantage.

"I have always been known as an elusive make you miss guy, his style is the run you over type."

Jordan takes pride is his ability to deliver the hit rather than being the one to take the punishment.

He feels it is his trademark.

"I slip into a zone when I see a tackler and I know that I am going to try to run him over," said Jordan on Wednesday. "It is just a zone I slip into. The feeling you get in your shoulder pad when you go through somebody that is a feeling of domination."

"This game is hit or be hit. I like to hit, rather than be hit. That is the reputation I like to maintain."

This reputation might be fostered on Sunday against a banged up Colts defense, whom Jordan ran for over 100 yards on, in last years playoff game.

JETS SIGN WR

The Jets have announced the signing of WR Kevin Lockett, this morning. Lockett, a 6-0, 186-pound wide receiver, is a seventh-year player from Kansas State University.

The Jets will be Lockett's fourth NFL team, following stints with the Kansas City Chiefs (1997-2000), Washington Redskins (2001-02) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2002).

The former second-round draft choice of the Chiefs in 1997 has played in 84 career games, starting 10 of them, and has caught 125 passes for 1,662 yards and eight touchdowns. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native has also averaged 6.9 yards on 39 career punt returns.

Lockett's most productive individual season was in 1999. That year the WR played in 16 games making one start, catching 34 passes for 426 yards, and two touchdowns.

Lockett, is the All-time leading receiver in Kansas State University history, recording 217 catches over his college career.

Lockett was signed to replace WR Wayne Chrebet for the rest of the 2003 season, after he had been placed on IR (head) for the remainder of the season.

The Jets wanted to retain the rights to former Browns WR Kevin Johnson. Gang Green was one of many teams to put in a claim for the former second round pick. However, he wound up being awarded to the Jacksonville Jaguars.


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