Jets Notebook - Who will return kicks?

So who is the kick returner going to be?

It looks like the kick returner job is Jonathan Carter's, unless the injury-prone Troy State product suffers another malady. The lanky wideout has suffered two knee injuries in his four-year NFL career, and actually suffered the second one returning a kick for the Jets last season against Buffalo. Mike Westhoff loves Carter's 4.3 speed, and big play ability, which was evident in the Jets loss at Indianapolis when he returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown . . .

Starting cornerback David Barrett (dizziness) and safety Reggie Tongue (calf) were both held out of practice for the second straight day. Tongue watched the practices with an electro-stimulation device on his leg, and Barrett was back in his dorm room. Barrett suffered dizziness on Saturday, felt better Sunday morning, but then had a setback Sunday afternoon. Jets coach Herman Edwards thinks it might be food poisoning. This isn't good for the Jets defensive coaches who are attempting to put in a new defense. The starting unit needs all the reps they can get together this summer . . .

Quarterback Brooks Bollinger had a rough afternoon practice today, and was victimized by the same problem that held him back last summer - horrible offensive line protection. Once again the Jets backup offensive line is a problematic area, and if the team suffers any injuries to it's starters, it could be a big problem . . .

Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson's system is very complicated, and there have been some breakdowns in coverages. There have been several catches down the deep middle of the field against the defense in practice thus far. The Jets are lucky their early schedule is easy or they could be looking at another bad start. Considering how many times Edwards asked former defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell to simplify his system for the players, it's surprising that he is allowing Henderson to put in such a complex system . . .

Cornerback Ray Mickens had an outstanding afternoon practice including an interception and a diving breakup. If he isn't given a legitimate chance to win a starting job, the coaches aren't being fair . . .

It seems like yesterday when Wayne Chrebet joined the Jets. But believe it or not, he is entering his 10th season with the team, and will be 31 years old on August 14. The sobering reality of how long Chrebet has been in the league hit him today when rookie running back Josh Davis called him "old man." The "old man" had another good day of practice on Sunday . . .

It looks like the Jets got a third round steal in cornerback Derrick Strait. He has looked excellent the first three days of practice. Strait has really good instincts, and clearly looks like a guy who will be starting for the Jets in the near future.

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