A Jets official has confirmed that Graber isn't with the club, and they don't know if he will be back for training camp. But the official wouldn't divulge the reason for Graber's absence, deeming it personal. An announcement regarding his status will be made in the near future.
With Graber absent, assistant secondary coach Corwin Brown, a former Jet, is filling in. If Graber doesn't return, Brown will likely take over as full-time secondary coach. Also, the Jets new defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and head coach Herman Edwards are both former secondary coaches, so they can help out as well.
Graber was hired this off-season to replace Bill Bradley, who was fired along with defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in January. Graber came to the Jets after serving as a head coach in NFL Europe . . .
New York Times writer Judy Battista is leaving the Jets beat. She has promoted to position of NFL columnist. No replacement has been announced yet . . .
At the final practice of the OTA's, Jonathan Goodwin was the starting left guard. Brent Smith was held out of the practice. It's clear, the Smith knees are going to be an issue for the rest of his career . . .
The Jets are going to use a lot of no huddle offense this year. Edwards wasn't happy with the tempo of the team's offense last season . . .
Speaking of the Jets offense, coordinator Paul Hackett was given a contract extension. His old deal was up after this season . . .
According to a team source, while it was announced the other day that Jets Journal was cancelled, there is a chance it still could resurface on the Yes Network this year. It's a small chance, but according to the source, the program isn't officially dead. If it doesn't appear on the Yes Network this year, there is a chance it could end up there next season . . .
We hear the Jets would like to get Chad Pennington signed to a new deal before the season. The Jets franchise quarterback's original contract is up after the 2004 season.
According to an NFL source, the contract the Jets might be looking at as the benchmark for a potential Pennington deal is the new deal Carolina Panthers signal-caller Jake Delhomme was rewarded last week. He received a five-year contract extension worth $38 million. He was given a $12 million bonus. Pennington has made it clear, if he is to get a new deal this year, he would like it done before the season starts. If the Jets wait until after the season, and Pennington has a big year, they would likely have to pay the quarterback a lot more than they would now.
After wrapping up his work in the OTA's last week, Pennington headed back to Tennessee for some relaxation prior to training camp . . .
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