"It's obvious that I'm not happy, but what can I do?" Jordan said. "I'm a backup running back. Or a third-string back. Or an insurance policy. Yeah, that's it."
You have to wonder if the Jets would consider trading Jordan to one of the running back hungry teams like Arizona or Philadelphia. While this is a long shot, it might make some sense because they are going to lose him after this season, so they might as well get something for him now. Plus, they are very high on Reese and backup fullback B.J. Askew, who also plays tailback. And it's clear things are not right between Jordan and the organization. However, the team seems inclined to keep Jordan, because he is probably the best insurance policy behind starting tailback Curtis Martin . . .
We mentioned the other day that the Jets might be inclined to put linebacker Mark Brown on the practice squad and keep Quincy Stewart on the regular roster. Based on the Indianapolis game, it looks like that plan could be reversed, or Stewart might be cut. Brown was superb on special teams with three tackles, and Stewart was a non-factor. Brown was also better on defense with a sack late in the game on a blitz. Brown looks like he's locked up the Jets seventh linebacker spot. Edwards said he wants to keep eight, so who might the eighth player be? Probably Darrell McClover, who will likely make the team, but be inactive most weeks. He clearly needs some time to get comfortable in the system, but the team loves his great speed and toughness . . .
We still think the team is covering up for defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson. Aside from one tackle in run support, we didn't see much from him last night. Second-string defensive tackle Josh Evans makes a lot more plays, like his forced fumble against the Colts. Evans should be the starter. Case closed. However, due to the public relations hit the Jets would take for making that switch, the team likely won't do it. Another reason Evans should start is that his fiery nature sets a good tone for a defense looking for leaders . . .
The media was told that safety Reggie Tongue was going to start, but he didn't. He came into the game with the backups. This was because he has fallen behind due to his lengthy injury-related absence. However, expect Tongue to start once the regular season begins. Erik Coleman clearly isn't ready. He had an illegal contact penalty early in the Colts game . . .
Defensive end Bryan Thomas pulled a hamstring in the fourth quarter and will be out a minimum of two weeks. If Thomas is out for even longer, the Jets have a couple of backup ends they are very high on in Matt Walters and Trevor Johnson, who both played well at Indianapolis. Walters was terrific in run support and Johnson had a sack . . .
Rookie offensive tackle Adrian Jones is still a work in progress, and likely won't be much of a factor this year. He had no answer for Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney who got by him for a sack and a pressure . . .
Running back Ian Smart is making himself very tough to cut. He was superb on punt returns last night, and looks like he has secured himself at least a place on the practice squad.
"With returns like that, we will have to make some room for him," Edwards said . . .
Offensive tackle Jason Fabini is day-to-day with a foot sprain. Reserve tackle/guard Brent Smith has a strained tricep and also is day-to-day . . .
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