When the Jets lost out on cornerback Antoine Winfield to Minnesota in free agency, they quickly signed former Arizona Cardinal David Barrett. While most people in the NFL consider Barrett a notch below Winfield as a player, the Jets have never admitted this publicly until Wednesday.
"[Barrett] isn't as polished as Winfield," said Edwards.
One thing Barrett has in common with Winfield is top-shelf toughness, and he's proved that the last few days in practice battling a painful sprained ankle. He was beat on a couple pass plays in practice because of the limiting effects of the injury. Rookie wideout Terrence Stubbs beat him for a long gain. Barrett refused to leave the practice field despite limping badly. Eventually Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson had to pull him out of practice . . .
Wide receiver Matt Dominguez had another great day of practice, and if he doesn't make the team it will be a miscarriage of justice. Dominguez has been just as impressive this summer as high-priced free agent Justin McCareins. He, like McCareins, is a big, physical receiver who wins a lot of jump balls in traffic . . .
The Jets waived defensive end Kevin Fales and cornerback Jon Pendergrass. Since both players were hurt, they received injury settlements . . .
With the addition of left guard Pete Kendall, it's starting to look like the Jets offensive line could emerge as one of the best in football. The key will be the play of inexperienced right guard Brandon Moore. If he can develop some consistency, this group could be excellent . . .
Contrary to some internet reports, the Jets do have a hotel booked for Friday night in Indianapolis for their preseason game against the Colts. They just couldn't get rooms downtown because of a Star Trek Convention. There have been rumors all over the internet that the Jets are flying in and out of Indianapolis on Saturday. That is illegal in the NFL. The Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulates that teams must arrive in a city the day before a road game. The Jets booked a hotel about 10 miles outside the city . . .
Rookie offensive tackle Marko Cavka impressed Edwards with his toughness after he took on lErik Barton on Tuesday, after the linebacker roughed up running back Johnathan Reese.
"He's a tough guy and that is one of the reasons we drafted him," said Edwards. "He is not going to back down from anyone."
Safety Reggie Tongue practiced full today, and actually had an impressive defensed pass down the middle of the field on a pass intended for wideout Chris Duncan. He also had a stop in run support around the line on tailback Jonathan Reese. But despite his full participation in practice, the Jets don't intend on playing him in the game this weekend. Even though he missed 25 practices, and has fallen a little behind, expect Tongue to be the opening day starter at strong safety. While Erik Coleman has done a decent job filling in for Tongue, he's probably not ready to start just yet . . .
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