If safety Oliver Celestin was a little distracted in this game, he had every right to be. He has a lot of family members still missing in his hometown of New Orleans . . .
Don't be shocked if a year or two from now, the Jets two starting safeties are Rashad Washington and Kerry Rhodes. Both of these guys had picks against Philadelphia, with Washington taking his 99 yards for a touchdown. Washington and Rhodes both have exciting potential with terrific size-speed ratios. The wrap on Rhodes at Louisville was that he didn't like to tackle, but his tackling has been pretty good in the preseason. Washington's tackling can't be questioned. He led the Jets with 10 tackles in Philadelphia . . .
The Jets have to be worried about Doug Jolley's mindset entering the regular season. After being a big part of the offense early in training camp, he became an afterthought for the rest of camp and in the preseason games. He had just three catches in the exhibition games, and had a bad drop against the Eagles, and looked like he was pressing on the play. Jolley was asked by Jets Confidential a few days before the Eagle game what the reason might be for his small role in the offense.
"I don't know why," Jolley told JC. "I'm not going to lie to you, it's kind of frustrating. Whether they are trying to hide me, whether they are trying to get other people involved in the offense, I don't know what to think of it. They brought me here for a reason."
In the spring, and during the first week of training camp, Jolley looked the second coming of former Tennessee Titan H-Back Frank Wycheck.
"In the minicamp and the first few days of traiing camp, they were using me a lot, and I was catching a lot of balls" said Jolley. "But the last couple of weeks of camp, they haven't been getting it to me. I don't know why."
There was one published report that Chris Baker beat out Jolley for the starting tight end job. That might not be entirely accurate. Jolley really wasn't in the running for the starting job. Baker is the better blocker, so he was going to play on first down most of the time, since that is generally a running down . . .
Rookie free agent cornerback Atari Bigby really helped his cause in Philadelphia. The rookie out of Central Florida was very active. Bigby had two tackles on the Eagles second drive, and then added a pick on their third possession. He had a pass defensed on WR Reggie Brown to end a second quarter drive. Bigby also forced a fumble on RB Bruce Perry that went out of bounds in the third quarter. Bigby stopped Perry for a loss of one in the third quarter . . .
Though he was not listed as inactive for the game, rookie wideout Harry Williams wasn't in Philadephia. The knee injury he suffered early in camp is still bothering him. He seems destined for the practice squad. It looks like Chas Gessner might have locked up the fifth wide receiver with his 35-yard second quarter touchdown catch . . .
Former NFL Europe linebacker Ryan Myers had another good game, and it will be surprising if he's not on the 53-man roster. He played very well on special teams with one big-time hit. He also drew a clipping penalty as he was about to make another tackle . . .
Jets strength coach Markus Paul put a group of players through about an hour of running drills before the game at Lincoln Financial Field, since none of them were going to play. The group consisted of DE John Abraham, DE Shaun Ellis, CB Ty Law, CB Derrick Strait, LG Pete Kendall, WR Wayne Chrebet and FB Jerald Sowell . . .
Jets backup swing tackle Marko Cavka suffered a broken wrist in the first half, when he collided with Eagles defensive tackle Martin Patterson on a run off left tackle. This is a tough blow for the second-year player, who was playing well this summer. So what are the Jets going to do for a backup swing tackle? Well, they could bring back Ethan Brooks, who they cut last week. He knows their system. Or they could sign a street free agent like Ross Verba, Chris Terry or Scott Gragg . . .
You could make the argument that running back Little John Flowers is as good or better than sixth round pick Cedric Houston. Flowers, filling in for the injured Houston (shoulder), carried the ball 18 times for 74 yards and a touchdown. But since Houston is a draft pick, it's hard to see Flowers beating him out. Jets GM Terry Bradway rarely cuts draft picks . . .
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