Quarterback Brooks Bollinger has really picked up his game the last couple of days, hitting a number of impressive passes, including a touchdown toss to tight end Mikhael Ricks. Maybe Herman Edwards' intimating the team might be looking for a veteran backup has motivated Bollinger. The team would like Bollinger or former CFL star Ricky Ray to fill the the number two quarterback role. They would like to avoid signing a veteran backup. If Bollinger continues to perform the way he has the last two days, they might not have to. Edwards pointed out there were a lot of people critical of Jets starting quarterback Chad Pennington his first couple of years in the league, and he turned out fine. That is a good point. If you go back at look at some of the coverage Pennington received early in the career, you would have thought he was on his way to being a bust . . .
With wide receiver Santana Moss out with a hamstring injury, Wayne Chrebet moved into the starting lineup, and Jerricho Cotchery was elevated to the #3 wide receiver role. He had a superb day on Tuesday, and you could see why the Jets coveted him in the draft. Cotchery, who didn't run a great 40 at the combine, showed good field speed, when he split the defense and caught a deep pass down the middle of the field from Pennington. A few plays later, he made a spectacular catch on a pass thrown behind him on a square out . . .
In practice, the Jets used a defense with just two linebackers, and they were Sam Cowart and Jonathan Vilma. So no matter who wins their battle for the starting middle linebacker job, expect them both to play together at times.
As expected the cerebral Vilma is picking up the defensive system very quickly. "One thing I'm impressed with, is if you tell him once, he [doesn't forget]," said defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson.
It is no secret the Jets defensive line is loaded with talent, including four first round picks. Defensive tackle Josh Evans thinks the line is poised for a great season. "We are going to destroy people," claims Evans. "I really do believe that." . . .
The Jets offensive coaches are going to use a lot of maximum protection to keep defenders away from Pennington this summer in preseason games . . .
Linebacker Eric Barton (calf) missed yet another day of practice, but he was running sprints full speed on the practice field . . .
Justin McCareins is giving cornerback David Barrett fits in practice. McCareins beat Barrett several times.
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