Jets liked Jolley better than Miller

The Jets have had their eye on tight end Doug Jolley for some time.<p>

"Doug is a player we have targeted for over a year," said Jets GM Terry Bradway. "Last year his name was brought up (in the Lamont Jordan trade talks). This is a player we have liked for a long time."

It was apparent the Jets were looking to add a tight end high in the 2005 draft, but they felt Jolley was a better player than any of the college prospects.

"We compared to Doug to the tight ends in this draft, and we had him at the top of that group," said Bradway.

And that includes the draft's top tight end prospect, Virginia's Heath Miller.

"We think Heath Miller is a good player, but we like Doug Jolley more," said Bradway.

Aside from getting Jolley in the deal with Oakland, the Jets received the 47th pick of the draft. Bradway feels this year's draft has a superb second round. Now the Jets have two picks in that round. The first round pick the Jets sent to the Raiders for Jolley was the 26th overall, and Bradway felt that pick was in "no man's land."

"We have studied this board long and hard and felt the value at 26 wasn't going to be there," said Bradway. "I like the value in the second round. We feel there is excellent value in the second round at the positions we are looking at. We felt it was more of a second round draft after about 10 players."

As for Jolley's numbers being down last season, Bradway isn't concerned.

"I'm not sure he got as many opportunities as he should have in the passing game," said Bradway.

Jolley was kind of fazed out of the Raiders passing game as the 2004 season progressed.

"As the season wore on, [Raiders coach Norv Turner] wasn't getting me the ball the way he told me he was going to," said Jolley. "I think he wanted to go down field to Jerry Porter more often and needed more pass protection. [The Raiders] are looking for a different tight end than I am."


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