Practice Notes: Coleman starts for Tongue

The Jets secondary depth is being tested early in training camp

Starting strong safety Reggie Tongue was held out of the Saturday afternoon practice due to a calf injury. He was replaced in the starting lineup by fifth round pick Erik Coleman, who once again looked good. There is a chance that Coleman could beat out Tongue for this starting position.

Cornerback David Barrett was not at the afternoon practice. A team official said, "He is under the weather." He was replaced in the starting lineup by third round pick Derrick Strait . . .

Veteran Josh Evans vowed to regain his starting job defensive tackle job from Dewayne Robertson. "I don't sit on the bench," said Evans.

JC reported on Thursday that Robertson had lost weight and was now closer to 300 pounds. It turns out that isn't entirely correct. While it's true he lost weight, he isn't close to 300 pounds yet. You see, he was actually heavier last year than his listed weight - 317 pounds. We hear he was in the high 320's. So by losing around nine pounds, he's now closer to his listed weight of 317 pounds. He was clearly too heavy last year, and it cut down on his quickness. Remember he is only 6-1, so that is a lot of weight for him to carry. The Jets would like him to get down to 305 pounds by the beginning of the season. That could be tough, considering how cool the weather has been thus far in training camp. Robertson is in dire need of some practices in South Florida-type heat. He also needs to change his diet.

"If he's been eating hamburger his whole life, and you're going to tell him now to eat salad, that is hard," said Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson about Robertson . . .

Wide receiver Ken-Yon Rambo sat out both Saturday sessions with a hamstring injury. He is considered day-to-day . . .

It's abundantly clear from the first two days of practice that the Jets linebackers are going to be appreciably better covering the pass than last year. The unit is much faster as a whole than last year . . .

In the morning practice, the team focused on running between the tackles. For the most part, the offensive linemen double-teamed the three-technique tackle and the nose tackle, and worked on getting the difficult yards inside . . .

After his DUI last year, defensive end John Abraham has made some changes to the company that he keeps.

"I think his circle of friends has gotten smaller and I think he is choosing his friends now more wisely," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "We always tell the players 'choose your friends, don't let your friends choose you.' I just think his circle is a lot smaller than it was." . . .

Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet was held out of the morning practice, but it had nothing to do with his concussion issues. Edwards has a rotation set-up to give veteran players certain practices off, and Chrebet was the first player on the schedule.

Chrebet returned for the afternoon practice, and had the best catch of the session, beating cornerbacks Donnie Abraham and Derrick Strait down-the-middle for a deep touchdown . . .

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