Training camp Whispers

Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson would love to add free agent cornerback Ty Law.

However, the price isn't right for the Jets at this time.

"You would love to have a great player like that, but the problem is the price," said Henderson. "We are probably one of seven teams that is saying the same thing - if he brings his price down, you can afford him. Somebody is going to get him when he brings his price down."

If the Jets can agree to terms with Law, what type of impact would he have on the Jets defense?

"He probably has a chance to be a Hall-a-Fame player when it's all said and done," said Henderson. "We could play a little bit more man - that is what he likes to do. He is going to take away his guy, so now your defense can get after it a little more." . . .

Because they don't want to overwork their current stable of running backs during two-a-days, the Jets signed former Villanova running back Terry Butler on Saturday.

The Jets needed another body at running back since Vick King retired on Friday. Butler is now the second Villanova player on the roster. The other is tight end Matt Chila. These signings shouldn't come as a surprise. Terry Bradway's son plays for Villanova . . .

On Friday, it seemed like Wayne Chrebet's drastic weight loss of 14 pounds was done to add some quickness. But that wasn't the case.

Actually Chrebet lost the weight after having his tonsils out. While his current weight of 180 pounds was his weight as a rookie, he will likely look to gain some pounds. Chrebet's listed weight was 188 pounds last year . . .

Laveranues Coles said on Saturday that a major reason Chrebet decided to play this year was so they could play together again. The two are very close.

"When we found out there was an opportunity that I could come back, I talked to Wayne, then he was going to stay because he said he wanted to play with me again," said Coles.

While that is a nice story, all indications were that Chrebet was going to come back no matter what . . .

Chad Pennington's second practice of training camp didn't start out as well as the first one.

On his first two passes, Pennington underthrew his receiver. He short-armed a pass to Justin McCareins down the sideline (though the receiver did a good job coming back to the ball and making the catch). Then he threw behind former CFL star Brock Ralph. Then he picked things up, hitting Jerald Sowell on a crossing route. His best pass of the day was a skinny post to McCareins, perfectly placed over cornerback David Barrett, 20 yards down the field . . .

Ralph was one of the standouts of the afternoon practice. He had a couple of nice grabs, including a pretty over the shoulder catch down the sideline. Ralph is a former Edmonton Eskimo and University of Wyoming wideout. He was also a 15th round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles . . .

If the first two days of practice are any indication, tight end Doug Jolley is going be a focal point of the Jets offense this year. The Jets new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger likes to feature the tight end a lot more than the man he replaced - Paul Hackett . . .

While he did have an interception on an overthrown ball in the afternoon practice, rookie safety Andre Maddox doesn't look particularly fluid in coverage. He seems to have stiff hips. But he wasn't drafted to contribute at safety this year, but to upgrade the special teams coverage units . . .

The Jets have re-hired scout Marv Sunderland. He was with the organization for a long-time, before leaving to become the Giants college scouting director. He left the job for personal reasons, and now he's back with the Jets. He is considered one of the better scouts in the league . . .

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