This led to some players slipping. Cornerback David Barrett slipped covering wide receiver Harry Williams on a touchdown. Barrett looked bad on the play, but the field was more at fault.
"I'm was not very happy with [the field]," said assistant head coach Mike Westhoff, who was filling in for Herman Edwards, who was with his wife, who gave birth to a daughter on Wednesday night . . .
Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson didn't participate in either practice on Wednesday. He spent the day in Birmingham, AL., where his problematic left knee was being checked out by Dr. James Andrews.
"It is bone rubbing on bone," said Edwards. "You can't do a lot about that."
This injury has been bothering Robertson the entire camp, and clearly has had a negative impact on his performance. Considering the Jets are concerned about the nose tackle position, the last thing they need are issues at the three-technique tackle spot. Problems at both of these positions could really hurt the performance of middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who needs the defensive tackles to tie up offensive linemen to keep him clean to make tackles . . .
Harry Williams continues to look like a seventh round steal. He had two more good practices . . .
Cornerback Justin Miller botched another punt in the morning practice. Westhoff has to be real nervous about Miller handling the punt return job. While he's an outstanding returner, he's been very inconsistent catching the ball . . .
Wide receiver Jonathan Carter missed another two practices on Wednesday dealing with a hamstring issue. The more he is out, and the more Chas Gessner continues to shine, the better the chance Carter will be released on the final cut. Gessner had a great catch in the corner of the end zone with cornerback Brandon Haw right on him in the evening practice. This is an example of how effective a 6-5 receiver like Gessner can be in the red zone . . .
The trade of safety Jon McGraw to Detroit on Wednesday could turn out to be a big mistake. True McGraw was on the fence due to his injury problems, and the Jets depth at safety. However, trading McGraw this early in the camp could come back to bite the Jets. What happens if a couple of safeties get hurt over the next few weeks. Then they will wish they had McGraw back. Like former Minnesota Viking coach Bud Grant once said, "Don't make decisions until you have to." The Jets could have waited to the last cut to trade McGraw. This way they could have protected themselves for another three weeks in case a safety or two goes down.
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