On Friday, the Jets traded for Oakland defensive end Bobby Hamilton, and he arrived over the weekend. He's still trying to get his bearings. He is just trying to get ready for the opening game, but he had to think a second who the Jets were playing.
"I guess we are playing Tennessee," said Hamilton.
Remember, up until Friday, Hamilton was preparing for the Raider opener against San Diego.
It shouldn't take "The Dawg" much time to get up to speed. He played in the Jets system for several years in New England . . .
While it was announced that linebacker Blake Costanzo was waived, he actually got an injury settlement. He injured his hand against the Eagles . . .
The Jets two waiver claims, nose tackle Glenn "Rashad" Moore and tight end Zach Hilton, make a lot of sense.
At 6-3, 325 pounds, Moore is built like a 3-4 nose tackle, and has the right mindset for the job. He knows he's not a great pass rusher. He'll be the first to admit it. But he doesn't mind doing the dirty work, like tying up offensive linemen to allow the linebackers to make plays. He's also a good run stuffer. Honestly, he could turn out to be the best pure nose tackle the Jets have. Dwayne Robertson and recently acquired C.J. Mosley, don't have the girth of Moore. They are both quicker, and better at getting up field, but don't have the "mass in the ass," a lot of teams look for in a 3-4 nose tackle.
The 6-8 Hilton gives the Jets two things their passing game desperately needs - a tight end who can get down field, and a big target in the red zone. Hilton has been clocked at under 4.7, so he can get down the seam, something Chris Baker and Sean Ryan would struggle with. Also, the Jets don't have a lot of size at wide receiver, so Hilton, who is built like a baskeball power forward, will come in handy in the red zone . . .
It was a mystery this summer as to why Cedric Houston didn't play more in the preseason. But Eric Mangini gave a hint today as to what the problem was - consistency. Mangini always says he wants his players to be the same every day, and he wasn't seeing that from Houston . . .
Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an emergency appendectomy over the weekend, and it's unclear how long he will be out. Since Jets safety Erik Coleman had the same malady this summer, a Jets Confidential reporter asked Jets coach Eric Mangini if he had any advice for Steeler coach Bill Cowher in dealing with the "illness."
"I don't think I'm in a position to give Bill Cowher any advice," said Mangini. "He's an outstanding football coach, so I'll let him handle that one." . . .
VThe Minnesota Vikings cut quarterbacks Mike McMahon and J.T. O'Sullivan, so it looks like Brooks Bollinger could be their number two. Vikings coach Brad Childress is a huge fan of Bollinger.
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