It's official, there will be eight-men practice squads in the NFL this year. It has been five up until this point. This could factor into the Jets' quarterback situation. It's possible that Chad Pennington, Brooks Bollinger and Quincy Carter will make the regular roster, and Ricky Ray lands on the practice squad.
Ray doesn't have much of a chance at landing the #2 job, but he thinks Brooks Bollinger still has a chance to beat out Carter for that position.
"I think Brooks is still there for the #2 job," said Ray. "I still think he's much ahead of Quincy right now as far as running the offense."
While Carter won't play this week, he will likely play two quarters against the Philadelphia Eagles in the final preseason game . . .
Another position that will be impacted by the expanded practice squad is the running back position. The Jets have a tough decision to make at tight end. They want to keep tight end Mike Ricks on the regular roster, but it will be difficult to keep four tight ends. If they do it, they will have to keep only four running backs (Curtis Martin, Lamont Jordan, Jerald Sowell and B.J. Askew) on the regular roster and put a couple of running backs, perhaps Reese and Derrick Ward, on the practice squad. Expect Ricks to see extensive action against the Giants with Chris Baker sidelined with an ankle injury . . .
Freudian slip by Herman Edwards at Friday's press conference. He referred to the Jets' game on Friday against the Giants as "our last preseason game."
Obviously the Jets have one more preseason game after that against the Eagles. But coaches view the third preseason game as the last one they will play starters, with the fourth game a throw away where backups play most of the game . . .
Wayne Chrebet's quad injury is becoming a concern. He still has a lot fluid build up in the area, and he is not a lock for the opener. If he can't go, look for Jonathan Carter or Jerricho Cotchery as the #3 wideout . . .
Surprising the Jets didn't cut reserve quarterback Chris Finlen when they signed Quincy Carter. Now they have five quarterbacks. The Jets really like Finlen, and if possible, would like to give him a chance to play against the Eagles. When Finlen gets cut, he has a future in player personnel. He worked in the Chicago Bears personnel department last year . . .
Linebacker Mark Brown had an outstanding camp, and looks like a player who could start one day in the NFL. He is very instinctive, and made a load of plays this summer. You could make the argument he had a better camp than the player he is backing up, Victor Hobson . . .
If DT Alan Harper makes the team this year, he might once again be the team's fifth defensive tackle with Dewayne Robertson, Jason Ferguson, Josh Evans and Tank Reed in front of him. So does this mean he will once again be inactive for every game unless there is an injury? Harper doesn't think so, but it's rare that a fifth defensive tackle gets any action . . .
With the Jets playing the Giants on Friday, Chad Pennington was asked a myriad of questions about his serious hand injury suffered against them last year. He is feeling no ill effects from the injury one year later.
"The only thing that reminds me of the injury is the scar," said Pennington.
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