Jets training camp: Tuesday Whispers

The Jets gave rookie free agent cornerback James Taylor, who blew out his knee two days ago, an injury settlement on Tuesday.

With Taylor gone and Pete Hunter's surgical knee bothering him, the Jets signed two cornerbacks - Roosevelt Williams and Brandon Haw. The Jets needed more bodies at cornerback, so they don't wear out the guys they have. Williams and Haw are likely just camp fodder, and are longshots to make the team.

Williams was a very highly-rated prospect in the 2002 draft coming out of the Tuskegee Institute. He was picked in the third round by the Chicago Bears, but lasted just one year in the Windy City. Since then Denver, Cleveland and Washington have brought him in for a look, but have all released him, after a short stay. Something is obviously missing in his game. Haw, a Rutgers product, spent this past off-season with the Miami Dolphins before being released on July 24. Last year he bounced around in the NFL on various practice squads . . .

Safety Rashad Washington participated in both Tuesday practices after missing Monday's sessions with a concussion. And Washington looked good. He had a pick in the afternoon practice . . .

It was a rough afternoon practice for running back Delvin Joyce. He was the victim of big hits from cornerback D.J. Johnson and linebacker Mark Brown. At 5-7, 190, he's an easy target. Joyce is also dealing with a banged up right knee. He was seen with an enormous ice bag on the knee this morning . . .

Early in the afternoon practice, defensive end Bryan Thomas stopped running back Curtis Martin in the backfield for a loss. Thomas has turned into a superb run defender, but still needs to improve his pass rush ability. He doesn't seem to have the quickness around the edge he did coming out of UAB. The fact that he has gained 20 pounds since becoming a Jets has a lot to do with that . . .

Undrafted free agent linebacker Dennis Haley once again saw some action with the starting unit, and had a pretty pass defensed on a square out to Curtis Martin. Haley is turning into this year's Mark Brown, an undrafted free agent linebacker, who will likely hang around. He was schooled well under Al Groh at Virginia . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington's best throw of the afternoon practice was a perfectly thrown pass on a fade route to Jerricho Cotchery in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown . . .

Former practice squad wideout Chas Gessner continues to excel. The 6-5 Gessner has to remind Mike Heimerdinger of 6-5 Titan wideout Drew Bennett. They have similar styles . . .

Cornerback Derrick Strait is quietly having an effective camp. He had a pick in the afternoon practice . . .

Rookie free agent tackle Mike Kracalik, the largest player in camp at 6-8, 337 pounds, is having a rough time. It doesn't look like he has quick enough feet to play in the NFL . . .

The Jets continue to struggle offensively, attempting to learn Heimerdinger's complicated system.

"I'm speaking Spanish, and the players are speaking French," said Heimerdinger . . .


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