Jets training camp: Tuesday Whispers

Chad Pennington is strutting his stuff on the practice field. A stomach virus sidelines one starter. Victor Hobson is carrying less baggage this year. Erik Coleman is getting the business. Sione Pouha, meanwhile, isn't getting much love. This and more in Tuesday's Whispers...

Quarterback Chad Pennington had a great practice on Tuesday afternoon. He threw two deep balls to wide receiver Justin McCareins, and threw a beauty over the middle to wideout Laveranues Coles, where the wideout showed his amazing vertical leap, grabbing the ball high off the ground . . .

Cornerback Ty Law missed both practices on Tuesday due to what the team is calling a stomach virus. Some people were wondering if there might have been a setback with his foot, but the team says 'no.' . . .

Safety Rashad Washington was held out of both practices on Tuesday due to a headache related to a concussion he suffered against the Minnesota Vikings. But Washington must have been feeling better in the afternoon, since he was running sprints full speed under the watchful eye of strength coach Marcus Paul. Washington will not play on Friday night against the Football Giants . . .

It's becoming abundantly clear that the Jets are still high on wide receiver Chas Gessner, despite his struggles in the first two preseason games. He had two more good practices on Tuesday. It looks he has an ally in Jets offensive coordinator Mike Heimderdinger. Gessner actually took some reps with the first team on Tuesday. Remember that Heimdinger coached similar players, in style, to Gessner in both Denver and Tennessee. He looks a lot like Ed McCaffrey (former Bronco) and Drew Bennett (current Titan) . . .

Linebacker Victor Hobson had a pass defensed in the afternoon practice, and what made this play particularly impressive is that he made the play while covering Coles.

Hobson lost 15 pounds this off-season, and is down to 238. The weight loss seems to have helped his mobility, and made him a little more effective in coverage . . .

Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson has been riding safety Erik Coleman all week. He has been a constant target at practice of verbal jabs from the fiery coach. On top of that, he's been running with the second team defense all week. Expect Kerry Rhodes, who had yet another impressive interception in the afternoon practice, to start against the Giants. Coleman's blown coverage against the Vikings might be part of the reason of Henderson's attitude toward him this week. Coleman was late coming over on wide receiver Travis Taylor's gain of 25 yards on the Vikings first drive . . .

Henderson was hard on rookie defensive tackle Sione Pouha in the afternoon practice. After Pouha beat a backup, long-shot offensive lineman and made the stop on a running play, Henderson yelled, "91, finally found someone he can beat."

After starting off training camp on fire, tight end Doug Jolley has cooled off the last two weeks. But it's not that he's playing poorly, he is just not getting the ball thrown his way very often. Tight end Chris Baker has been a lot more active in the pass game the last couple of weeks than Jolley . . .

With tailback Cedric Houston out of the lineup this week against the Giants due to a shoulder injury, expect to see a lot of Little John Flowers. The Michigan State product, who was a backup his whole career at Michigan State, played well in NFL Europe this past spring at the tailback position . . .

Just to show you how mobile second-year defensive end Trevor Johnson is, he was playing a lot of linebacker in the afternoon practice . . .

There was a report in Newsday on Tuesday that defensive John Abraham is going to change his number to 56 when he finally reports to the team. If that is true, you have to wonder what Dennis Haley thinks of that, since he's currently wearing the number . . .

Punter Micah Knorr is getting a little fed up with all the questions he is getting about Australian punter Ben Graham. He had a nasty exchange with New York Post reporter Mark Cannizzaro on Tuesday after being asked a number of questions about Graham. Knorr has actually punted well this summer, but his efforts have been obscured by Graham's transition from Australian Rules Football to NFL punter . . .

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