Thursday practice notes: Maddox coming on

Two days after returning from his ill-fated trade to the Cleveland Browns, Derrick Strait continues to get reps with the starting unit at safety.

Two days after returning from his ill-fated trade to the Cleveland Browns, Derrick Strait continues to get reps with the starting unit at safety. Once again, he and rookie Eric Smith platooned.

Another player in the safety competition, who shouldn't be ignored, is Andre Maddox, who had two pretty PD's, one on a pass to running back Derrick Blaylock, and the other to Coles . . .

Norm Katnick and Kellen Clemens had yet another botched quarterback-center exchange . . .

Safety Erik Coleman was back at practice, but didn't see much action. He actually got some reps with the starting unit early in practice, but was held out of the majority of practice.

He missed over two weeks after having his appendix out . . .

The Jets have long-time NFL and college assistant George Hill at practice. Jets defensive assistant Bryan Cox recommended him to Eric Mangini. Cox played for Hill in Miami, and told Mangini he's one of the best defensive minds he's ever been around. Mangini and company are picking his brain for a few days . . .

Anthony Clement continues to get a lot of reps at the starting right tackle spot. He seems to be neck-and-neck with Adrian Jones for the starting job. . .

If another NFL team is looking for a long-snapper, they might want to consider Charles Missant. He is in camp so the team doesn't wear out their main long-snapper James Dearth. Missant has done a terrific job this summer, and Jets kicker Mike Nugent is a big fan . . .

Speaking of Nugent, the coach gave him a big challenge in practice. He told him if he made a 50-yard field goal at the end of practice, the players wouldn't have meetings Thursday night. Nugent got the job done.


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