A few weeks ago, we reported the Jets are interested in adding a veteran backup offensive lineman as insurance, especially at guard where offensive coordinator Paul Hackett has some concerns. The player we mentioned as a potential target is former Kansas City Chief backup guard/tackle Marcus Spears. While the Jets might be interested in him at a later date, it looks like they are going to hold off on signing him at this point. Former Arizona Cardinal center Jason Starkey is another free agent lineman the Jets have interest in, but are waiting on. Starkey was Chad Pennington's center at Marshall.
Jets offensive line coach Doug Morrone likes some of the young offensive linemen the team has been developing. At this point, he wants to give them a chance to claim the backup jobs. The swing tackle at this point would be Lance Nimmo coming off a solid NFL Europe season where he gained some valuable pro experience. Also in the mix at tackle are two draft picks, Adrian Jones and Marko Cakva, both of whom the Jets view as excellent developmental prospects with top-shelf athletic ability. They definitely want to keep them around.
Morrone has spent over a year working with Dave "Yogi" Yovanovits on his transition from college tackle to NFL guard. They feel he is ready to handle a backup role, and possible replace Brent Smith in the future at the left guard position. A couple of weeks ago, the team signed center Kevin McGill, who just completed an excellent season in NFL Europe. The move clearly pointed out the team's uncertainty about Jon Goodwin's ability to replace Kevin Mawae at center if the All-Pro went down for an extended period. So with Yovanovits at backup guard, McGill or Goodwin as backup center/guard candidates, and Nimmo, Jones and Cakva all almost certain locks to hang around, that basically takes into account the five backup slots on the offensive line.
If the Jets think see one or two of these players are struggling in camp, they might look to add a veteran in the summer. Another factor likely holding the Jets back from making a move on a player like Spears is money. Remember they have ten, 2004 draft picks to lock up, and just have a few signed at this point. The Jets need all the extra dollars they can amass to get this done . . .
Herman Edwards is currently in Monterey, California for his ninth annual youth football camp. After he wraps this up, he is heading to Los Angeles to tape three different shows at the NFL Network. One of those programs, he will co-host with Denver Broncos safety John Lynch. Obviously, there are not any bad feelings between the two, after the safety left the Jets at the altar a few months ago to sign with the Denver Broncos . . .
Edwards doesn't believe in cursing, and stressed that to his 700 campers. "I want no fighting, no foul language, that includes coaches," Edwards told the group. Edwards desire for his coaches to avoid cursing carries over to the Jets. However, this could be a challenge this summer with the fiery, vocal Donnie Henderson on the staff. Henderson also does something that Edwards refrains from doing, chastising players in practice in front of their teammates.
Jets' special teams coach/assistant head coach Mike Westhoff was among the throngs of fans who took to the links at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton for the U.S. Open a couple of weeks ago . . .
The Jets are looking for a new pre- and post-game show host for their radio network. They have decided to replace Bill Daughtry, who handled the job the last couple of years. Jets VP's Lee Stacey and Bob Parente are heading up the search committee. There is a good chance someone associated with ESPN Radio in 1050 in New York City will land the position . . .
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