Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson reported much slimmer than last year. While the team won't announce his current size, he is probably closer to 300 pounds than his listed weight of 317 . . . Head Coach Herman Edwards confirmed on Thursday that secondary coach Doug Graber will not be with the team this year. Graber has been on a leave of absence for two months for what a team official described as "personal reasons." The New York Daily News reported recently that Graber is suffering from Lyme disease. There was a report in the Newark Star-Ledger that a major reason for Graber's absence was his discontent with the makeup of the coaching staff. Aside from Graber, the Jets have essentially three other defensive back coaches (Donnie Henderson, Corwin Brown and Edwards), and an NFL source told the Star-Ledger that Graber was uncomfortable with the set-up. However, on Thursday, Edwards said that story was incorrect. With Graber gone, Brown has been elevated to secondary coach. While he did play safety for eight years in the NFL, Brown has never been a secondary coach. After retiring as a player in 2000, he spent the last three years as special teams coach at the University of Virginia . . .
General Manager Terry Bradway will miss the first day of practice on Friday. He is flying to Tulsa for the funeral of Packers GM Mark Hatley, who passed away suddenly, early this week, at the age of 54. Hatley and Bradway were good friends . . .
The Jets have released defensive tackle Alonzo Shuler, who was injured while playing in NFL Europe. This is the second year in a row Shuler didn't make it to training camp due to an injury in the spring . . .
Edwards was so anxious for the start of training camp on Thursday, he never went to sleep Wednesday night . . .
Fourth round pick, Jerricho Cotchery, a wide receiver from North Carolina State, will be limited at the beginning of training camp due to a hamstring injury. This won't be good for his maturation process. The West Coast offense is extremely complex, and he can use all the reps he can get . . .
In the Jets two practices on Friday the players will be in shorts. . .
Quarterback Chad Pennington, who is looking to get a contract extension, said there is a 75 percent chance a deal will get done before the season. His current deal is up after the 2004 campaign, and he said he doesn't want contract talks going on during the season. He thinks that will be a distraction. So if Pennington's agent, Tom Condon, and Jets negotiator Mike Tannenbaum, don't reach an accord before the opener against Cincinnati, contract talks will be put on hold until after the season . . .
How is Pennington going to spend his down time at training camp? The first season of the old television show, "The Dukes of Hazzard" is now out on DVD, and the Knoxville, Tennessee native is going to be watching it in his room. "It's the South's version of 'Starsky and Hutch,'" said Pennington . . .
After the off-season youth movement, how young are the Jets? They now have 71 players with five years or less of experience . . .
Former Kansas City linebacker Tracy Simien is working as a defensive coaching intern with the Jets this summer.