Jets Whispers: Camp battles heating up

The knee injury to Harry Williams, and the hamstring injury to Jonathan Carter, opens the door for another player to emerge as the Jets #5 wide receiver.

The leading candidate, Chas Gessner, has been one of the stars of training camp, but hurt his cause with an awful game against the Detroit Lions. He had two drops on quick slants, and then couldn't hold on to another pass when he got hit hard by a Lion defender. But that rocky debut hasn't seem to impact Gessner's confidence. He has picked up where he left off prior to the Detroit game, with another superb week of practice.

He has the best catch of the Tuesday morning practice when he jumped over cornerback Justin Miller, who had tight coverage, and grabbed the ball for a touchdown. But Gessner must show in the next few preseason games that he's not just an "All-Hempstead," as Keyshawn Johnson used to say.

Another candidate for the #5 receiver spot is Terrence Stubbs, who is picking up where he left off last summer. He played so well in camp last year, he earned a spot on the Jets practice squad. The Temple-product isn't particularly big or fast, but runs good routes and has great hands. He looks like a poor man's Tim Brown in terms of style . . .

While being lectured/interviewed by WFAN's "Mike and the Mad Dog," Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff said Australian Ben Graham is leading Micah Knorr for the punting job.

"He can hit the Tiger Woods drive," said Westhoff.

Graham has an amazing leg, and while he's still learning the nuances of punting, Westhoff seems willing to take a chance on him because of his big upside. Whenever the Jets practice field goals in practice, Graham does most of the holding. Westhoff knows that Knorr can hold, so he's clearly trying to get Graham as many reps as possible in case he picks him as the punter . . .

For the first time since the beginning of training camp, the beat reporters got a chance in interview Jets GM Terry Bradway. The session lasted :49 seconds. Here is the interview in it's entirety.

Q)Anything new with the John Abraham situation?

Bradway: There's nothing to report.

Q)Do you know when he'll be back?

Bradway: No.

Q)Is this a long term situation?

Bradway: I don't know. I have no comment. Nothing's new.

Q)Would you like to do a multi-year deal?

Bradway: Yeah, we'd like to do that. We'd like to have Johnny here for a lot of years. That's it. I'm not going to discuss it. Thanks.

According to an NFL source, there is nothing new on the Abraham front. The defensive end has been spending most of his time in South Carolina during his holdout . . .

The Bergen Record reported on Tuesday that the Jets are considering moving their training complex to Monmouth, New Jersey, if the team decides to build a new stadium with the Giants in the Meadowlands. "If, in fact, they want to be partners in the stadium, it makes all the the sense that they should practice here," said New Jersey Governor Richard Codey.

The Jets would build the proposed complex on 13 acres next to Monmouth Racetrack, that ironically used to be owned by their former owner, the late Leon Hess.

According to one NFL source, it's a virtual lock that the Jets will move their training complex to New Jersey if they build a new stadium with the Giants . . .

With Jerald Sowell nursing bruised ribs, it was assumed B.J. Askew would be the starting fullback. While that was the case in some drills, another player who got some reps with the starting team was undrafted free agent Austine Nwabuisi. His is a 6-1, 235 pound Kansas-product of Nigerian descent. His family actually spoke the Nigerian dialect of Ibgo at home. He's extremely bright and has picked up the playbook quickly. He graduated from Kansas with an Economics degree.

In the Jets preseason opener against Detroit, Nwabuisi opened some eyes the only time he got his hands on the ball. In the fourth quarter, he took a short pass, and turned it into a nine-yard gain, with a great move on linebacker Wali Rainer in the open field. The fullback looked like he has potential at tailback on this play . . .

Westhoff's special teams coverage units are hurting right now. The Jets best kick and punt cover guy, linebacker Darrell McClover, is out for the year with a broken ankle. Also safety Andre Maddox, who Westhoff considered the best special teams cover guy in the 2005 draft, has been sidelined for a week with a pulled hamstring. It's unclear when Maddox will be back, and it's highly unlikely he will play Friday night against Minnesota . . .

Cornerback Ty Law still hasn't practiced with the team. He continues to workout with Jets strength coach Markus Paul, while his teammates practice. Considering the serious nature of Law's foot injury last year, the Jets aren't taking any chances by putting him on the field too soon . . .

The Jets have to be a little concerned about the safety of quarterback Chad Pennington in his preseason debut against Minnesota on Friday. Not only will inexperienced right tackle Adrian Jones, who is learning on the job, be in the starting lineup, but lining up next to him will be backup guard Jonathan Goodwin, filling in for Brandon Moore (hamstring) And these two will be facing some very good pass rushers including defensive tackle Kevin Williams and defensive end Erasmus James. Expect a lot of tight end help on the right side . . .

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