Monday Whispers: Williams in Westhoff's doghouse

Defensive end John Abraham finally reported to Jets camp on Monday, and signed the one-year tender for $6.7 million as the team's franchise player.

John Abraham wanted to give him self two weeks to workout with the team to make sure he was ready for the opener. The Jets feel Abraham has reported in great shape, and should be ready to contribute on September 11 in Kansas City.

"We talked to some people who were working him out, and he might be in the best shape he's ever been in," said Jets GM Terry Bradway.

Abraham was working out with a personal trainer in Columbia, South Carolina named Doc Nichols. Included in his daily regiment was running the stairs at USC's football stadium. Abraham reported at 265 pounds. He put on an extra ten extra pounds to help him play the run better, and also because he tends to lose 10 pounds during the season.

Bradway said on Monday that he wants to eventually sign Abraham to a long-term deal.

"We will continue to work towards getting something done with John that will make it a Jet a long time," said Bradway.

Unlike some players, Abraham is willing to have his agents negotiate during the season . . .

The Jets lost two players in the preseason who were slated to be big parts of the team's special teams - linebacker Darrell McClover (ankle) and safety Andre Maddox (knee). McClover is their best kick cover guy, and Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff thought Maddox was the best special team's player in the draft. So what other young players can help fill the void? Well the Jets best cover guy now might be fullback B.J. Askew. He was asked by JC if any of the rookies have caught his eye in coverage?

"Terry Butler, he goes 100 miles per hour every practice, start to finish," said Askew.

It's unlikely Butler, a rookie free agent running back from Villanova, will make the team. However, his motor might help him land a spot on the practice squad . . .

Speaking of special teams, Westhoff laced into rookie receiver Harry Williams for not doing a good job rushing the punter on Monday. Westhoff was so angry, he threw Williams out of the drill.

"Get the hell out of their 18," yelled Westhoff. "You got to rush the hell in there. You gotta be kidding me."

And Westhoff continued on the warpath when cornerback Justin Miller dropped a kickoff.

"You are going to have your ass on the sidelines," Westhoff said to the rookie from Clemson, who has been struggling catching punts and kicks this summer . . .

It looks like guard Brandon Moore continues to battle a left hamstring injury. He is wearing a big wrap on his left leg . . .

While everybody talks about the Oliver Celestin and Kerry Rhodes when discussing the candidates for the starting strong safety job, Rashad Washington's name is rarely brought up. But the way he has practiced this summer, when healthy, he looks like a player with starting potential. He returned to practice this week after missing some time with a concussion, and had an outstanding practice on Monday. He is an outstanding athlete with an excellent size-speed ratio. It's likely that Celestin will be the opening day starter at strong safety since he's the most comfortable with the system . . .

The Jets have 18 more cuts to make, but really it's only 10, because they intend on bringing back eight players to the practice squad . . .

Cornerback Ty Law had a long talk with defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson prior to Monday's practice. They sat together for about 20 minutes on the sideline while the special teams practice took place. Law is coming along, but he's still not comfortable with the defensive system. Law admitted to the media that he was a little out of sorts while playing in the Giants preseason game.

"I was having a lot of fun out there, even though I was confused at times over certain things," said Law. "I was overjoyed just being back out there on the field playing football. You can take the man out of the uniform, but you can't take the football out of the man." . . .

Nickel back Derrick Strait, who suffered a groin injury against the Giants, is back practicing, and should be fine for the opener . . .

With Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Corey Simon, now a free agent, you have to wonder if the Jets are interested. After all, they do need help at defensive tackle. But it doesn't look like they are suitors for the Florida State product.

"How can we afford him?" said one Jets source . . .

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