Whispers - Jets have a star in the making

Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell and Jets signal-caller Patrick Ramsey are still very close from their days in Washington together.

Ramsey called Brunell on Tuesday morning to see if he could get his wife a parking pass for Saturday's preseason game. Both men are both deeply religious, and that was a key factor in them becoming very good friends.

"We are both believers," said Ramsey . . .

Rookie defensive tackle Brennan Schmidt, who has had an impressive camp, is the grandson of the late television star Arthur Godfrey, who died when he was an infant.

"My mother says I look like him and act like him," said Schmidt . . .

The Jets desperately need a tall wide receiver, and they have one in camp with a lot of potential. 6-5 Rutgers product Chris Baker, no relation to the tight end of the same name, has shown some flashes in training camp. Not only is a tall, but he has good speed. He's a perfect practice squad candidate . ..

Backup offensive lineman Norm Katnik is getting reps at center, guard and tackle. The Jets likely aren't going to keep many backup offensive lineman, so they want their reserves to play multiple positions . . .

Safety Erik Coleman continues to sit out practice following an operation to take out his appendix. He only took part in one day of practice before becoming ill. It looks like Coleman is close to coming back. He is doing a lot of running on the sidelines.

"Erik is making good progress from his illness," said coach Erik Mangini . . .

With Coleman out, rookie Eric Smith continues to get a lot of reps with the starting unit. Another safety to keep an eye on is Andre Maddox, who had a nice PD to end Tuesday's practice . . .

The Jets are scheduled to have just one practice a day through the rest of training camp, but Mangini says it's a "fluid situation" and could schedule a two-a-day at any time . . .

Rookie fullback Stacy Tutt has practiced the last two days with a cast on his left hand. It looks like he either has a fractured hand or wrist. But Tutt hasn't allowed the ailment to make him miss any practice, which should endear him to Mangini. Tutt has been one of the pleasant surprises of camp. He has very good quickness for a 235-pound back . . .

When the Jets went to their three wide receiver set late in practice, the group was made up of Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery and Tim Dwight. Justin McCareins, a starter last year, was on the sidelines. You get the sense that the new coaching staff isn't as high on McCareins as the old one. Perhaps he could be used as trade bait. Remember Coles, Cotchery, Dwight and Brad Smith are virtual locks to make the team, and Reggie Newhouse is making him self very tough to cut, McCareins could be expendable.

Aside from his skillset, another reason Dwight is getting so much playing time is that he knows the offense better than the other wideouts. He played in San Diego, and the Jets are playing the Chargers offense under their new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer . .. Safety Kerry Rhodes had a nice PD on a crossing route to Dwight. Rhodes looks like a star in the making . . .

It's quite apparent in practice that Joel Dreessen has passed Doug Jolley for the #2 tight end job. A big reason for that is Dreessen's a better blocker than Jolley . . .

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