Whispers: Is Jordan on the block?

Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson deserves some of the credit for MLB Sam Cowart finishing with 14 tackles against the Cincinnati Bengals.<p>

Robertson did a good job of tying up offensive linemen so Cowart was clean to make tackles . . .

Defensive end Bryan Thomas (hamstring) is listed as probable for this week, but don't assume he will play. He was listed as probable last week, and was inactive. He probably should have been listed as questionable or doubtful last week . . .

The Jets might have made a mistake releasing tight end Mike Ricks, and keeping Anthony Becht, who had a drop in the opener. Jets GM Terry Bradway should have tried to trade Becht and kept Ricks, who is a much better pass catcher. Also Ricks has improved as a blocker . . .

We hear running back Lamont Jordan might still be on the trading block. If the Jets can get a #1 or #2 pick, they could consider trading him before the trading deadline. Jordan is not a happy Jet at this point, especially after not getting any carries in the opener. He is still listed as the #3 tailback behind Curtis Martin and John Reese.

"I don't have control over my playing time and I'd like to believe me working hard and things like that will give me more playing time," said Jordan. "But that's not the case."

Last week Bradway admitted that Jordan's unhappiness with his role has affected his attitude. Bradway refuses to take any less than a #2 draft choice in a trade for Jordan . . .

One thing to consider about the Jets impressive offensive performance in Week One is that the opponent was short-handed.

With cornerback Deltha O"Neal hurt, the Bengals were forced to use rookie Madieau Williams at left corner, and it turned into a big problem for them. It's hard enough for any rookie cornerback to start in the NFL, but it was even tougher for Williams because he played safety at Maryland. He was over his head, so the Jets went after him early and often.

It all started with the Jets first pass of the game. Wide receiver Justin McCareins beat Williams for a gain of 12 on a quick slant. He also beat Williams on a 16-yard in-route in the second quarter.

On the Jets second drive, wideout Jonathan Carter beat Williams down the sideline for a 46-yard touchdown. Wide reciever Santana Moss also beat Williams down the sideline for a gain of 37 in the first half. Moss beat Williams on a square out for a gain of 12 in the second quarter. Wayne Chrebet broke the tackle of Williams for an extra seven yards on a gain of 14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Throw in the fact that Bengals starting strong safety Rogers Beckett was injured early in the game and didn't return, you could see why quarterback Chad Pennington had so much success passing.

The Bengals were also without their best linebacker, Brian Simmons, who was scratched do to an injury, and this really hurt them in the running game. His replacement Caleb Miller, is way undersized (6-4, 225) and clearly not ready to start in the NFL from a physical standpoint. The Jets offensive lineman pounded him. They also made life miserable for another rookie linebacker in need of some bulk, Landon Johnson (6-2, 225). If there was boxing official on hand, he would have stopped the fight.

After the game, Miller was on crutches in the Bengals locker room. Throw in the fact that the Bengals middle linebacker Nate Webster (5-11, 230) is also undersized, you can see why the Jets running game was so dominant. The Bengal defensive line did a poor job of keeping their small linebackers clean so they could make tackles . . .

One interesting sidebar on the Jets upcoming game with San Diego – Herman Edwards isn't a fan of Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer. Edwards stepped down from the Kansas City Chiefs coaching staff in 1995, and was moved to the team's scouting department because he didn't want to work for Schottenheimer anymore . . .

Josh Evans bad back clearly hurt his play against the Bengals. He was a non-factor, and he will continue to be listed on the injury report this week . . .

According to a Jets source, the team is "probably" going to re-sign backup offensive lineman Brent Smith this week . . .

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