And compounding the situation is the fact that recently signed cornerback Ty Law lines up on the same side as Rhodes. Law made it clear on Monday that the Jets combination on the left side could be problematic.
"For Kerry and myself, we're on the same side - we don't know what is going on," said a candid Law. "That's going to be something to see. When the real bullets start to fly, I don't know what I'm doing and he doesn't know what he's doing, I'm like, 'Oh boy. I don't know what I'm doing, Kerry is just coming in. It's going to be a lot of fun and interesting. We're kind of running around with our heads cut off just playing football, but I think he'll be alright."
Wow, that doesn't sound promising. And Law thinks that Kansas City's Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez can't wait to match-up with the rookie.
"[Rhodes] is going to have a hell of a challenge right now," said Law. "He's going up against Tony Gonzalez, an All-Pro. [Gonzalez] is going to be licking his chops, to be honest with you, if he has a chance to go at him."
It almost sounds like Law would have preferred for the Jets to stick with the veteran Celestin, who is in his second season with the Jets, and would have been able to help him out more.
"[Rhodes] definitely has a nose for the ball," said Law. "He can go out there and make plays, but the real bullets are about to fly and we have to understand that he's a young guy, he's a rookie." . . .
It's somewhat remarkable that rookie guard Isaac Snell made the regular roster. The Jets signed Snell as undrafted free agent in April. He was a defensive tackle at North Dakota State, but when they signed him, he was immediately moved him to the offensive line. Obviously the experiment worked out exceedingly well. Most people thought Snell's only chance to hang around was on the practice squad, but he shocked many by making the 53-man roster. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Snell is very athletic and tough, and has been a quick learner. He beat out Jason Nerys, who has a lot more experience at guard. While Snell needs to get stronger, the Jets might have once again discovered a college defensive tackle who can succeed on the NFL level as an offensive lineman. The experiment with former Ilinois defensive tackle Brandon Moore couldn't have worked out any better. He has been starting the last two years at right guard . . .
Herman Edwards said during the summer that the team's fifth wide receiver needs to have a unique quality like size or speed. Dante Ridgeway, who was claimed on waivers Sunday, has neither. He's 5-foot-11, 212 pounds and ran a 4.6 forty before the draft. But you can't argue with his production. He had 105 catches at Ball State last year, and then left school early to enter the draft, and was a sixth round pick of the St. Louis Rams. He was released on the first cutdown, and was awarded to the Cincinnati Bengals on waivers. They took a two day looksee at the prospect before releasing him. Both the Rams and Bengals are loaded at wide receiver, so that fact that Ridgeway was cut by these teams isn't necessarily an indictment of his talent. Neither team had room for him, and both were considering him for their practice squads, but the Jets cut them off at the pass by claiming him on waivers. The following is a scouting report on Ridgeway:
Has a good frame with thick muscle development, tight waist, good hamstring and bubble and straight calves … Not sudden, but is smooth and efficient in his release off the line of scrimmage … Has some strength to power through the jam and adequate quickness to elude … Sharp and efficient cutting in the open and can separate on short and intermediate routes … Knows where the sticks are and can read coverages well … Lacks good vertical speed, but is quick into and out of his breaks … Good hands catcher who can snatch and adjust to the off-target passes … Shows good body coordination tracking the ball in over his shoulder … Despite some upper-body stiffness, he is a strong runner who can power through press coverage or arm tackles . . .
Former Jets defensive tackle Tim McGill was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins. McGill is a good fit at nose tackle in the Dolphins 3-4 defense. At 6-foot-2, 335 pounds with tremendous strength, he's perfectly built to handle the rigors of 3-4 nose tackle. He's not as good a fit in the Jets 4-3 defensive, because he's not particularly quick. The space-eater role of 3-4 nose tackle is perfect for him . . .
It looks like it's going to be a while before you are going to see Chad Pennington using a lot of the shotgun formation.
"I think I'll use it more later than earlier in the season," said Pennington. "I want to make sure I feel comfortable with the reads from under the center before I start using the shotgun as much. I'm not going to use it much early in the season. I'm going to use it in certain plays that I feel comfortable with. As I make more progress, I'll use it more." . . .
You have to wonder what the Jets are going to do with second-year offensive tackle Marko Cavka. His broken arm will keep him out at least two months. If the Jets keep him on the regular roster until he's healed, it will cost them a valuable roster spot. And it's doubtful the Jets view Cakva as a good enough player at this point to occupy a roster spot until he's healed. According to an NFL source, the Jets actually did try to clear Cavka off the roster by offering him an injury settlement, but he turned it down. He likely makes more money on the active roster. The Jets only option might be to put Cavka on injured reserve for the season.
As for replacing Cavka, the Jets trade with Green Bay for offensive tackle Steve Morley doesn't fill the bill. He's a project. The Jets are still talking to a few different veteran swing tackles, and will likely sign one in the next few days . . .
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