A heaping helping of Wednesday Whispers

The line of the day came from Jets quarterback Brooks Bollinger.

When asked if he was going follow the tradition of some NFL quarterbacks by taking his offensive line out to dinner this week, the quarterback replied, "Let's see how they do first."

It's no secret, the Jets line has been struggling this year . . .

Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson will be big help to Bollinger this week. Henderson was the Ravens secondary coach for four years, and has a great understanding of most of the Ravens starting defensive backs, especially cornerback Chris McAllister and safeties Ed Reed and Will Demps. He can give Bollinger tips on how to exploit the different players . . .

From what we hear, Jets quarterback Chad Pennington isn't particularly happy with how much his agent, Tom Condon, has talked to the media about his shoulder injury. We hear, he's told Condon to pipe down . . .

Jets weak-side linebacker Eric Barton will miss the Jets-Ravens game with a sprained right ankle. He was walking around on Wednesday with a boot. Not playing at Baltimore has to disappoint for him since he's from nearby Alexandria, Virginia and went to the University of Maryland. He was going to have a large contingent at this game.

Barton will be replaced by Mark Brown, who will have his hands full dealing with Ravens tight end Todd Heap, one of the NFL's best tight ends. Heap has 4.6 speed, and great leaping ability . . .

The Jets superb pass rush should be able to have their way with a Ravens offensive line that gave up six sacks in their last game, a loss at Tennessee. Right tackle has been a problem with Orlando Brown dealing with knee issues. John Abraham should be able to get a lot done against him.

Abraham's backup, Trevor Johnson, will return to action this week. He missed the last two games with a concussion . . .

It looks like Jets backup fullback B.J. Askew's sprained ankle is pretty severe. He is listed as out. It looks like he has a high ankle sprain, which can be a 6-8 week injury . . .

The Jets signed quarterback Kliff Kingsbury on Wednesday to be their third string signal-caller. Kingsbury had stints with Denver and New Orleans, so he's comfortable in the Jets offense, which is a variation of the West Coast system. He was a record-setting quarterback at Texas Tech. He works best out of the shotgun, which also makes him a good fit for the Jets . . .

Jets backup quarterback Vinny Testaverde reported at 236 pounds, one pound over his playing weight . . .

The Ravens enter their game with the Jets very healthy. They have just one player on their injury report – starting quarterback Kyle Boller, with a toe injury. But while you might think that it's a big deal that the Ravens will be without their starting quarterback, it isn't. Boller was struggling before the injury, and some people around the team think Anthony Wright is the better player. Wright actually outplayed Boller in training camp . . .

The Jets have taken an "us-against-the-world" mentality. The theme of coach Herman Edwards' speech to the team on Wednesday was that nobody outside the team the building believes the team can win.

"Why do you guys have to be so negative?" Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis said to a bunch of reporters. "We are going to win next week." . . .

Ravens coach Brian Billick thinks the Jets loss of Pennington is a very tough blow.

"Nothing rocks a team more than the loss of a starting quarterback," said Ravens coach Brian Billick.

Billick expects both teams to blitz a lot in this game with two inexperienced quarterbacks under center.

The Ravens are playing the old Chicago Bears 4-6 defense, which is blitz-heavy . . .

Chad Pennington doesn't think his current rotator cuff injury has anything to do with the fact that he had surgery on the same shoulder earlier in the year.

"In my estimation, any quarterback would have experienced some type of injury to his shoulder after being put in that position," said Pennington.

Pennington was hit from his blind-side on his throwing shoulder as he was about to throw, by Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer . . .

Expect a heavy does of Ravens running back Jamal Lewis on Sunday. He has just 57 yards on 26 carries this year.

"We haven't run enough," said Billick. "If we can get the running game cranked up, that will bode well for us."

The Ravens have eased Lewis back into action. Remember he missed the team's whole off-season program, and part of training camp, while in jail on a drug charge. Now, coming off a bye week, Lewis should be ready for a full compliment of carries.

Jets backup linebacker Barry Gardner, who faced Lewis several times while with the Cleveland Browns, says the key to stopping the Ravens' 5-11, 245 pound runner, is to stop him before he gets a head of steam. Lewis has 4.4 speed, so once he gets some momentum, in the open field, he's a nightmare to deal with.

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