Monday Whispers - Barlow could be a steal

Justin Miller struggled in the Jets preseason game at Washington, and didn't have a strong practice on Monday either.

The issue isn't ability, but technique. The coaches feel that Miller isn't consistent with his technique . . .

Linebacker Brad Kassell played well in both preseason games, and has had a real good camp. He might not start, but he's going to see a lot of playing time. The former Tennessee Titan is exceedingly tough and a very hard hitter . . .

It's possible Kevan Barlow could turn into another Corey Dillon. Remember when Dillon was considered a bad actor for Cincinnati, but then was traded to New England, and turned his career around. Don't be shocked if this story turns out the same way. Barlow did some immature things with the 49ers, but remember, they were a terrible team his whole time there. Being part of a pathetic program can teach a young player a lot of bad habits.

Joining a more structured program, being run a lot like the Patriots, could help set him straight.

Also, having Curtis Martin around is a huge factor.

Barlow is a Pittsburgh-native, and attended Pitt, just like Martin. They have known each other for a long time.

"He's been a mentor to me most of my life," said Barlow.

Martin is one of the hardest workers in the NFL, and having him around, even on the PUP list, could be a huge factor in having Barlow realize his enormous potential with the Jets.

If Barlow has his act together, this could turn out to be a steal. Barlow has great size (6-1, 234), and runs in the 4.5 area. So he can run over defenders, and run away from them as well. He's also a very good receiver. If Martin can get this kid thinking the right way, this could turn out to be a great move . . .

Quarterback Chad Pennington was back at practice today, after being with his sick father in Knoxville the last few days. Pennington threw a nice deep touchdown to wide receiver Tim Dwight . . .

For the second straight week, Anthony Clement is starting at right tackle in practice. He also started in second preseason game against Washington. It's starting to look like he's going to get the nod over Adrian Jones . . .

Nose tackle Tui Alailefaleula, who has been one of the pleasant surprises in camp, was back on the sidelines Monday, with an undisclosed injury. He was on the bike for a big chunk of practice. Remember he suffered a knee injury early in camp . . .

Cornerback Drew Coleman returned to practice after missing over a week with a knee injury. He was wearing a sleeve on his injured right leg . . .

The signing of tight end Walter Rasby can't be good news for Doug Jolley, who had a poor game against Washington. Rasby is a much better blocker than Jolley, and could wrestle away the #3 tight end position from him. The Jets also like the fact that Rasby, an 11-year veteran, will be able to give some guidance to the Jets young tight ends - Chris Baker and Joel Dreeseen . . .

Speaking of blocking, it looks like the Jets really want fullback Jamar Martin to hang around. Even though he's in terrible shape, he's clearly the best blocker they have. But he is way behind in the offense. Pennington has had to give him a lot of guidance on the field on Monday.

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