"This week will be a big test for [our secondary] because they got some big receivers, big tall guys. They throw the ball down the field a lot," said Jets coach Herm Edwards.
The Jets secondary could have less of a chance at interceptions this week considering two defensive backs are dealing with hand injuries. Starting free safety Erik Coleman had surgery earlier this week on a dislocated right thumb. He didn't practice on Wednesday, and had a big cast on his right hand. Nickel back Derrick Strait seems to have an injury to his left thumb. He was practicing with a cast on his left hand.
"I won't able to catch very well," said Coleman. "I'll work on my one-handed skills." . . .
Jets rookie wide receiver, Harry Williams, who is currently on the practice squad, was walking around the locker room on crutches on Wednesday. He had two bandages on the knee he hurt this summer in training camp. It looks like he had a scope. Williams suffered a knee injury early in camp. After sitting out a few weeks, he attempted to come back, but never seem comfortable running on the bad knee. Now it looks like it was finally repaired . . .
Not only is backup fullback B.J. Askew doubtful with an ankle injury, but he is also dealing with a left elbow ailment. It's highly unlikely he is going to play. This will hurt the Jets special teams. Starting fullback Jerald Sowell, who is also nursing an ankle injury, should be okay to play on Sunday . . .
Starting tailback Curtis Martin (strained right knee) was held out of practice on Wednesday. He is listed as questionable. Considering Martin's injury, how poorly the Jets have run the first two games, and how difficult it is to run on the Jaguars, this might be a good week for backup tailback Derrick Blaylock to get a heavy work load. His speed to the outside might be an effective way for the Jets to run away from the Jaguars massive defensive tackle combination of Marcus Stroud and John Henderson . . .
Blaylock seems very anxious to get some carries. He has a total of just two carries in the first two games. Blaylock thinks more of a workload for him will be good for Martin.
"If will keep [Martin] healthier if we go back and forth because we have a long ways to go," said Blaylock. "If you have two guys rotating, that will keep the other guy fresh." . . .
Don't be shocked if Jaguars rookie wide receiver Matt Jones, lines up at quarterback for a few plays. Jones, who was a quarterback at Arkansas, got some snaps under center in the Jaguars opener against Seattle . . .
The Jaguars had major protection issues against Indianapolis last week, giving up six sacks. So defensive end John Abraham, the Jets best rusher, expects a lot of extra attention this week.
"It's going to be a long week for me," said Abraham. "They gave up those sacks the week before, so that's obviously something they're going to work on the week prior to coming to us. I guess it's kind of like a disadvantage. If you play an offense that hasn't given up many sacks, it's kind of easier, but when they give up a lot of sacks that's when you worry about me getting doubled or tripled."
The Jaguars have issues at left tackle where they are alternating Mike Pearson and Ephraim Salaam, who are both struggling . . .
Former Jets tight end Kyle Brady, who is now on the Jaguars, has been relegated to mainly a blocking role. He's like a sixth offensive tackle. He has one catch in two games. Expect him to help out quite a bit blocking Abraham . . .
Former Jets defensive end Jeff Lageman is the color analyst on the Jaguars Radio Network. He actually replaced former Jets quarterback Matt Robinson two years ago . . .
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