Jets-New Orleans Game Notes: Bollinger knee update

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma had an impressive debut with five tackles in the first quarter.<p>

He split his time 50-50 between middle and weakside linebacker . . .

The Jets coaches are very concerned with guard Brandon Moore's inconsistency. He will make a great play, and then shortly thereafter, a bad one. Moore had a great block on linebacker James Allen on Curtis Martin's gain of 15 in the first quarter. Moore then missed a block on defensive end Darren Howard who hit quarterback Brooks Bollinger as he was throwing, causing a fumble that the Saints recovered . . .

Wide receiver Matt Dominguez is going to be very hard to cut. He had a nice run and catch in the second quarter that was called back by a Jerricho Cotchery penalty. He also had a 14 yard catch and drew a pass interference penalty. He is a perfect West Coast offense receiver at 6-2, 220 pounds with good RAC (run after the catch) ability . . .

Rookie left tackle Adrian Jones had a rough debut. Defensive tackle Jon Sullivan got by Jones for a sack to end a second quarter drive. Jones also got knocked back and lost his balance after an initial blow by defensive end Will Smith, who proceeded to run by an off-balance Jones to Bollinger. This forced the Jets to kick a second quarter field goal . . .

Bollinger and center Kevin Mawae combined for a fumbled exchange in the first half that was recovered by the Saints. Quarterback Chad Pennington says a big reason for this mishap was that Bollinger rarely takes snaps from Mawae in practice.

"It was me and Kevin not being on the same page," said Bollinger . . .

Bollinger suffered an injury to his right knee in the third quarter, and it was heavily wrapped on the sideline. The injury is being called "a sprain", and Bollinger will undergo an MRI tomorrow. He injured the knee on his 28-yard pass to Cotchery down the seam in the third quarter. In the locker room after the game, Bollinger said he didn't think the injury was serious . . .

Tailback Johnathan Reese, who is having an excellent camp, got in the game before Lamont Jordan at backup tailback. This was clearly a message to Jordan to accept his role or it could be reduced even further. The reason given by Jets coach Herman Edwards for Reese playing ahead of Jordan was that Jordan missed several practices attending to a family matter. Jordan seemed to respond to the temporary demotion. He gained 17 yards on his first carry in New Orleans. Reese had a very good game, rushing 13-times for 56 yards, breaking a lot of tackles with his rugged running style.

"He runs hard and is hard to tackle," said Edwards.

Jets backup OL faced a big challenge with three first round picks playing deep into game – DT Jonathan Sullivan and defensive ends Smith and Tony Bryant . . .

Third string quarterback Ricky Ray wasn't given much of a chance to succeed with his two targets being wide receivers Carl Kearney and Terrence Stubbs, who had a combined 15 catches last year in college . . .

The Jets first defensive drive was a snapshot of how many different ways the team is going to use end John Abraham. He stood up on the right side as a linebacker on the first play, on the left side as a linebacker on the second play and then played right defensive end on third down.

Wide receiver Jonathan Carter had a knee wrap on during the second half on sideline . . .

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