Curtis Approaching a Milestone

RB Curtis Martin heads into the 2002 season just 800 yards away from 10,000 career rushing yards.

Coach Edwards says, despite everyone worrying about Curtis breaking down, he will not limit his carries. "Everyone keeps asking, ‘are you worried about his carries?' What are we supposed to do, say Curtis, we're worried about your carries and not give him the ball? No, we'll give him the ball…If he feels he can't help the team, he'll say to put LaMont in." Edwards also praised Martin's work ethic. "He wants to be the best player in the league. He wants to be the most coachable player in the league. The greatest thing about it is, he likes practicing. When you have those three things, you have a chance to be a pretty good football player."

G Randy Thomas continues to nurse a sore shoulder and sat out of practice…DE John Abraham returned to practice…LB Sam Cowart continues to rest his tweaked hamstring, and sat out another practice…WR Laveranues Coles did not practice this morning, and LB Marvin Jones left practice early with soreness in his back. Indiana University rookie CB Marcus Floyd flashed brilliant speed during kick return drills…WR Wayne Chrebet had a rare dropped pass on a deep slant pattern…FS Damien Robinson had a great interception, but did not protect the ball and had it stripped on the return…CB James Rooths had to have his calves and hamstrings iced down on the sidelines, toward the end of practice…On a fake field goal attempt, P Matt Turk threw a pass to TE Daniel Wilcox, who dropped the ball…Former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason was at Jets Camp today, watching practice from the sidelines.

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