Cornerback Donnie Abraham will make a decision about his future by next week . . .
Quarterback Ricky Ray asked the Jets for his release, and they obliged two weeks ago. The Jets weren't looking to get rid of him just yet. While Ray never got a fair chance to show what he could do in New York, he did okay financially. He made $450,000 in his year with the team including salary and bonuses. Not bad for a fourth string quarterback.
One reason the Jets were willing to let Ray walk in May is that they think Kevin Eakins, who they sent to NFL Europe, can serve as a fourth arm in training camp. Eakins, a Fordham product, might have the best arm on the Jets. One wrap on Ray was that he had a weak arm . . .
Free agent Cornerback Ty Law had a screw removed from his broken foot last week, and hopes to be running in June. The Jets are still a candidate for his services, but now there is another suitor in the mix – the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins lost cornerback Will Poole to a torn ACL in mini-camp, and are in dire need of a cornerback to start opposite Sam Madison. Poole was the leading candidate to land that job. Law is a big fan of Miami as a vacation spot, so this could help the Dolphins case. Other teams in the running for Law, aside from the Jets, are Detroit, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Kansas City. He's represented by the Poston Brothers, who are very difficult to deal with, and will likely ask for big money for Law. This could knock the Jets out of the running. If Law is reasonable, the Jets are a top contender for his services. He said in an interview he'd love to play for Herman Edwards . . .
The Poole injury was one of two mini-camp injuries that impacted the AFC East. The other is the torn AFC suffered by Buffalo Bills rookie tight end Kevin Everett. The third round selection out of Miami (FL) was being counted on to add firepower to the Bills weak tight end position. Now he's likely out for the year . . .
Center Kevin Mawae has looked real good handling the shot-gun snap that offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has installed. . . .
Cornerback Ray Mickens is close to 100 percent and could be a real asset to the Jets this year. With the five-yard chuck rule making life miserable for cornerbacks, smaller, quicker cornerbacks with flexible hips, who can change direction easily, are good to have around. That is exactly what Mickens brings to the table. Big, physical cornerbacks seem to have more trouble staying contract-free after five yards. This is why 5-9, 186 pound Adam Jones, out of West Virginia, was the first cornerback taken in the 2005 draft by the Tennessee Titans . . .
The selection of Colorado State tight end Joel Dreessen in the sixth round could qualify as a major steal. He's a 6-4, 258-pounder with 4.73 speed. He was considered the fourth best tight end in the draft behind Virginia's Heath Miller, Stanford's Alex Smith and Everett. There are two things he needs to work on – blocking and running after the catch . . .
Heimerdinger was yelling at a lot of people, including veteran Wayne Chrebet, during mini-camp, but one player who didn't feel his wrath was sensitive wideout Laveranues Coles. Heimerdinger's caustic style isn't going to work with the temperamental Coles . . .
Right guard Brandon Moore has been taking some snaps at center. A position change isn't in the offing, but the Jets want him to have more position flexibility in case of injury. Moore is now signed through 2110 after his off-season extension. However, like most NFL contracts, this is more like a three-year deal with Moore having his eye on another deal in three or four years if he continues to improve . . .
The Jets signed only one of the undrafted free agents who were in mini-camp for a tryout. The lucky winner is San Diego State offensive tackle Mike Kracalik. Here is a scouting report on Kracalik from John Murphy of Next Level Scouting:
"He played on both sides, left and right tackle during the team's rookie camp. He was originally waiting to sign as a free agent with San Diego because his fiancee' was there, but opted to take the Jets invite, since he never heard back. He played mostly right tackle in college. He is more of a mauler type, but has better footwork than expected for a 6'8", 335-pound blocker. He will likely get a long look and earn a spot on the 8-man practice squad."
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