The first quarter Saturday at the RCA Dome will likely be an offensive clinic with Manning knifing through the Jets defense, and Pennington exposing the Colts defense. If you thought the Colts defense was bad last year, wait until you see this year's group with two first-time starters at cornerback, and their best linebacker (Marcus Washington) now a Washington Redskin. Believe it or not, the Colts defense got worse this off-season. The Colts personnel department will have a close eye on the Jets personnel in this game because the Jets, especially at linebacker, are going to have to cut some good players. Also a player who can help the Colts is back-up defensive tackle Alan Harper, who is a good fit for the three-technique position in the Colts defense, but probably a little small for the Jets new philosophy . . .
With the Jets overabundance of talent at the linebacker position, Jets coach Herman Edwards would like to keep eight linebackers. This might not be possible, but he is going to lobby for it. If he keeps eight, six of those player would be - Jonathan Vilma, Sam Cowart, Eric Barton, Victor Hobson, Jason Glenn, Kenyatta Wright. The final two spots would come from the threesome of Quincy Stewart, Darrell McClover and Mark Brown. While Edwards wants to keep eight, a possible scenario could be keeping Stewart, and putting McClover and Brown on the practice squad . . .
Wide receiver Matt Dominguez had another superb practice Thursday afternoon, making a beautiful extension catch in the end zone on a pass from quarterback Ricky Ray. It was such a nice catch that usually-reserved offensive coordinator Paul Hackett couldn't contain his excitement.
"That is a hell of a catch," yelled Hackett.
"His stock has gone up," said Edwards about Dominguez. . .
Everytime you talk to Edwards or any of his defensive coaches about second-year defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, they have high praise. But you have to wonder if they are covering for him, because watching practice, you rarely see him make a play. This isn't to say he's not going to be good in time, but right now, his impact is minimal.
One thing that clearly has set back Robertson, and Hobson, is having to learn his second new defense in two years . . .
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