Training Camp Whispers - Jets eyeing RB

Jets wide receiver Dante Ridgeway sat out the morning practice with a knee injury.

He was watching practice from a stationary bike, peddling the bike with his one good knee. The team hasn't issued any information on the injury yet. Ridgeway's injury occurred when he was tackled hard by safety Kerry Rhodes in the Wednesday evening practice . . .

How well is free agent wide receiver Reggie Newhouse playing? Well, on Thursday, when the team went to a three wide receiver set, he was one of the wideouts, along with Laveranues Coles and Justin McCareins. Newhouse had another excellent practice on Thursday morning . . .

Quarterback Brooks Bollinger had a very poor practice, and was actually yanked out of the lineup briefly by Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. In defense of Bollinger he was playing with a lot of third string players, but that doesn't matter. When you are in a heated quarterback competition, you have to impress every chance you've got . . .

The Jets currently have 90 players on the roster . . .

When asked by a reporter about what was perceived as a strong performance by wide receiver Brad Smith, Mangini threw some cold water on the compliment by saying, "Yesterday, he dropped two."

Smith said that one of the most difficult aspects of his transition from quarterback to wide receiver is learning to get off the line in bump-and-run situations . . .

With Curtis Martin on the shelf, we hear the Jets are actively shopping for a running back.

According to an NFL source, the Jets are interested in free agent running back Damien Nash, who was cut by the Tennessee Titans. He is a second-year player out of Missouri, who played with Brad Smith in college. But you have to wonder how Nash would fit into the Jets new character-laden program considering he fought with his coach in college, and then reported overweight to Titans camp . . .

Eric Coleman (illness) missed yet another practice on Thursday morning. He has been out since Saturday.

"It's one of those things where we thought it was making progress and he didn't make the progress we hoped for, but we're doing everything we can there," said Mangini . . .

The Jets Thursday afternoon practice is closed to the public. It's being held in back of the Jets training complex . . .

If Pete Kendall is looking for a career after football, he might want to try his hand at comedy.

"He's funny all the time," said Mangini. "I really like his sense of humor, his type of sarcastic sense of humor."

Former Jets offensive coordinator Ron Ehrhardt, a friend of Mangini, was at Jets camp on Thursday to evaluate the offense.

"He's a tremendous innovator," said Mangini. "I invited him to practice, to pick his brain, to spend some time with the staff, and get his insights."

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