Tuesday Morning Whispers - Looking for RB's

The Jets continue to look around for running back depth.

There was talk that the Jets could possibly look to acquire one of the excess running backs in Tennessee or Chicago, but both of those teams have some injury issues, so that might not happen. Another situation to keep an eye on is Denver. With rookie free agent Mike Bell currently listed as the team's number one tailback, somebody decent could be let go. A guy to keep an eye on is Cedric Cobbs, a Arkansas-product, who Eric Mangini knows from New England. Cobbs was a fourth round pick of the Patriots in 2004. He was a very good player in college, who just hasn't found his niche in the NFL. He has a very good size (6-0, 226) – speed ratio . . .

Mangini was asked if he is losing any sleep over his running back situation, and responded, "There isn't a lot of sleep to lose here." . . .

The Jets waived undrafted free agent wide receiver Dequan Mobley, who is from the Bronx. He has been sidelined most of training camp with a leg injury . . .

Linebacker Ryan Myers had a very good scrimmage on Sunday . . .

Rookie left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson had a costly false start penalty in Sunday's scrimmage . . .

Rookie safety Eric Smith continues to get a lot of time in the starting lineup with Erik Coleman (appendix) out. He had a big hit on running back Derek Blaylock in the morning practice . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington had a nearly flawless practice this morning, completing most of the passes he threw . . .

Cornerback Justin Miller continues to improve. He had a pretty defensed pass on a slant to wide receiver Laveranues Coles. With David Barrett nursing a knee injury, Miller could beat him out for a starting job . . .

The morning practice featured yet another circus catch for rookie quarterback-turned-wide receiver Brad Smith. In time, Smith could turn into a terrific receiver. He's an outstanding athlete . . .

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey has a tremendous arm. He threw a rocket over the middle to wideout Jerricho Cotchery. It seems when Ramsey has one read to make, and the receiver is open, he gets the job done. But he doesn't seem nearly as adept at reading defenses as Pennington . . .

There was a deep pass attempted to Cotchery, but the cornerback, Bruce Thornton, was with him stride-for-stride, and the ball fell incomplete. Cotchery is a good short-to-intermediate route receiver, but isn't much of a deep threat . . .

Jets coach Eric Mangini was asked on Tuesday about the unnamed Jets official, who has been quoted in two different articles by the Newark Star-Ledger. A week ago, the official said that Pennington had already won the starting job. This week, the official said the Curtis Martin told the team to pick a running back in the draft because of the condition of his knee.

"Everyone should be out for the best interest of the team," said Mangini.

In other words, whoever it is, should keep their mouth shut.

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