With safety Jon McGraw (shoulder) out for the year, and David Young (hamstring) possibly done also, the Jets are very thin at safety, but don't have any plans to sign another one right now. They only have three safeties (Sam Garnes, Tyrone Carter and Derek Pagel), but plan to stay put. In case of an emergency, they feel Jamie Henderson, who played safety in training camp, can fill in. Also, Ray Mickens can fill-in as well . . .
Coming off his 304 yard performance against Indianapolis, Jonathan Carter is clearly loaded with confidence. He has looked great in practice this week, and expect him to have a big role against the Jags, especially with Santana Moss nursing sore ribs. Moss didn't practice this week. The Jets also need to be more careful with Moss. For an undersized player, he is taking way too many snaps as both the teams #1 receiver and punt returner. Remember the Jets have always been cognizant of not overusing Moss, but over the last month, they seem to have lost track of that plan. A guy like Carter is the perfect player to spell Moss because he has similar speed . . .
It's interesting how quickly things can change. Early in the season, Herman Edwards talked about John Abraham as a player who might go to the Hall-of-Fame one day. Now after a DUI, and yet another injury, now it's possible the team might look to trade him, or not re-sign him when his contact is up after 2004. It's unlikely the Jets will be able to re-sign both Abraham and Shaun Ellis because of cap issues. Also remember they are paying Dewayne Robertson a fortune, so there is only so much money they can use on the defensive line. So if it comes down to a choice between Ellis and Abraham, they would probably go with Ellis because he is the better all- around end, and also has not been injury prone.
The only way the Jets could re-sign both players is if they take a little less money because they are best friends and want to stay together.
But like we mentioned earlier, don't rule out an Abraham trade if the Jets can land something decent in return . . .
Mo Lewis is clearly not himself. He is running with a limp, and it looks like his problematic hips is still bothering him. After getting released, look for Lewis to retire after this season . . .
The Jets defense gets a big boost this week with the return of Donnie Abraham. He will likely play in passing situation. This, along with the return of John Abraham and Josh Evans should give the Jets beleaguered defense the help it needs. Donnie Abraham is one of the best ball-hawks in football, with the most interceptions in the league over the last seven years. One big problem for the Jets this year is they aren't causing many turnovers on defense, and the return of Donnie Abraham should help. The pass rush has been awful without John Abraham out, because Ellis has been getting double-teamed and Bryan Thomas hasn't had much of an impact. Abraham looked fast in practice this week, and should have an impact. Jaguars left tackle Mike Pearson is not very good against speed rushers, and was actually benched early in the year because he was giving up too much pressure. Abraham should be able to do some damage against him. Evans will be a help to the run defense which is the worst in football.
The big concern for Donnie Abraham is whether his broken shoulder bone, which is now reportedly healed, will hold up after taking a hit.
"I'm definitely worried about my first hit," said Donnie Abraham. "But that is not going to take away my aggressiveness." . . .
A big question the Jets have on offense is whether it is too risky to hand the ball to Lamont Jordan this week. He is playing with a broken finger on his left hand, and right now has a bulky cast on it.
"We have to decide whether we want him to run the ball or not," said Herman Edwards.
This week in practice rookie B.J. Askew was getting a lot of work, so expect Askew to see his most extensive of the season . . .
While Moss hardly practiced this week, expected him to play on Sunday. With the aforementioned problems the Jags have in their secondary, Moss is poised for another big day. Another reason Moss, and the Jets passing attack should flourish this Sunday is because the Jags don't have a very good pass rush. In three of the last four games, the Jags have registered no sacks.
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