Gates presents quite a challenge

Wide receiver Jonathan Carter continues to wear a wrap on his left knee.

Carter seems to be hobbling when he walks, and having him return kicks seems like a very risky proposition . . .

One thing the Jets are looking to improve during practice this week is communication in the secondary to prevent giving up big plays like last week. Look for the Jets to go with Erik Coleman and Reggie Tongue as the starting safeties this week. Jon McGraw is listed as probably, but even if he plays, he won't start . . .

The Jets secondary faces quite a challenge this week dealing with San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, who Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer thinks is going to be a star. Gates had eight catches in the Chargers win over Houston last week. Gates didn't play football in college, he was a basketball player at Kent State. The Chargers brought him to camp last summer. They felt athletically gifted 6-4, 260 pound Gates had potential as a tight end. They were right.

The Charger use Gates a lot like the Kansas City Chiefs use tight end Tony Gonzalez, lining him up wide to create mismatches . . .

As expected, the Jets re-signed backup offensive lineman, Brent Smith. They took a big chance in the opener, going with three inexperienced reserves in Jon Goodwin, Adrian Jones and Marko Cavka, but now with Smith, they have a much more stable backup offensive line situation. Smith can backup at four line positions - both guard and tackle spots . . .

The Jets passing attack will have more a challenge this week against a Charger secondary featuring two first round cornerbacks - Sammy Davis and Quintin Jammer. They are both good man-to-man guys, so this allows the Chargers to use eight men in the box to stop Jets tailback Curtis Martin . . .

Aside from being an outstanding guard, another way Pete Kendall is helping the Jets offensive line is with his intellect. With his vast knowledge of defenses, and background as a center, Kendall is helping Kevin Mawae make the line calls . . .

The Jets conducted a very long practice on Wednesday, going for almost 2 1/2 hours . . .

Herman Edwards is very concerned with his team's mindset entering a game that is followed by a bye week.

"Every coach hates the game before the bye week," said Edwards.

Edwards has offered an incentive the players - win in San Diego, and they will get more days off during the bye week.

"I told them you help me, and I'll help you," said Edwards . . .

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