Jets - Giants game notes

Safety Andre Maddox is likely out for the year after blowing out his knee in the Jets game against the Giants on Friday night.

This is another example of why the Jets shouldn't have traded safety Jon McGraw before the team had played any preseason games. Like Bud Grant once said, "Don't make a decision until you have to."

The Jets should have waited to the final cut to deal McGraw to make sure they didn't lose any safeties to injuries. The Jets might bring back Derek Pagel to replace Maddox . . .

The Jets might have to go into the season with four wide receivers active. Chas Gessner, the leading candidate to fill the fifth wide receiver spot, had another substandard performance. He caught a pass, but then coughed it up after getting hit. The fifth best receiver on the roster is clearly Terrence Stubbs, but it's unlikely they will keep him. The fifth wideout could be a waiver claim. Seventh round pick Harry Williams, who is nursing a knee injury, will likely end up on the practice squad . . .

While the Jets did manage to get three sacks in this game, it's clear they miss defensive end John Abraham. Until Giants left tackle Luke Petitgout got hurt in the first half, the Jets, for the most part, didn't get near quarterback Tim Hasselbeck. After Petitgout hurt his ribs, the Giants exploited his backup Bob Whitfield . . .

Adrian Jones had a shaky game at right tackle. Jones gave up a sack to defensive end Mike Strahan that caused a fumble in the second quarter. Jones also let a safety get by him for a sack on the first play of the second half. Defensive tackle William Joseph used an inside move on Jones to stop running back Derrick Blaylock for a loss of one in the third quarter . . .

Backup swing tackle Ethan Brooks struggled. Ethan Brooks and guard Ike Snell blocked the same guy, and a safety came free and crushed quarterback Jay Fiedler from blindside, causing the signal-caller to hurt his left hand, in the third quarter. Brooks also gave up a sack to rookie defensive end Justin Tuck. The Jets might have to consider signing a veteran free agent tackle like Scott Gragg or Chris Terry. Brooks has been very inconsistent in the preseason . . .

It would be shocking if Ben Graham isn't the Jets punter once the regular season starts. He had a solid outing, with three of this six punts being downed inside the 20. Also Giants punt returner Mike Jennings botched two of his punts. Graham's left spin causes a lot of returners trouble . . .

The Giants hurry-up offense threw the Jets off. Defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson had trouble changing his personnel fast enough to keep up with the Giants pace . . .

It had to be very painful for Jets GM Terry Bradway to watch Giants tailback Derrick Ward rush nine times for 41 yards. Remember Ward was the Jets seventh round pick in the 2004 draft, and looked like a good heir apparent to Lamont Jordan as the Jets power back. However, the Giants astutely plucked him off the Jets practice squad. At 5-10, 233, Ward is built just like Jordan, and would have made a good replacement for him . . .

Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson suffered a broken hand against the Giants. It is a similar injury to what center Kevin Mawae had last year. But watching Robertson handle his bags in the locker room, it didn't look like the hand was giving him much trouble. However, he will likely have to play in a cast for a month. Robertson had a very good game, displaying a great motor. He finished with a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery . . .

Safety Oliver Celestin played very well. He finished with seven tackles and two defensed passes. He is a fearless hitter . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington's lack of work in the off-season in Mike Heimderdinger's new offense is a big reason he has been inconsistent in camp, and against the Giants. He threw two picks in the end zone against the Giants, and finished with an anemic 14.0 quarterback rating. The only silver-lining to Pennington's performance was that he took a lot of hits, and his shoulder held up well . . .

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