Derrick Blaylock weighs about 200 pounds, and doesn't break many tackles. He is best suited to be a third down back. The new coaching staff clearly has something against Houston . . .
While Shaun Ellis doesn't love playing 3-4 defensive end, in the long-run, it could turn out to be the best position for him. 3-4 ends need to be powerful, and that is one of the "Big Cat's" best attributes. He also has good size for the position at 6-4, 280 pounds. In the opener, he dominated Titans right tackle Jacob Bell. He had a number of nice plays.
Ellis had Titans quarterback Collins in his grasp, but he got rid of the ball for a short gain to end the Titans second drive. Ellis beat Bell for a pressure leading to an interception by cornerback Andre Dyson. Ellis also blocked a pass to end a fourth quarter drive . . . Speaking of Tennessee Volunteer defensive linemen, claiming Rashad Moore on waivers might turn out to be a masterstroke. He looked like the Jets best nose tackle in his debut. He is right out of central-casting to play 3-4 nose tackle at 6-4, 330 pounds. In limited action, he had three terrific plays. Moore had an impressive run stuff on the first series, stopping running back Chris Brown for no gain. Moore also stopped running back Travis Henry around the line for no gain. Moore hit quarterback Vince Young as he was throwing in the second quarter, but ball was actually complete to WR Drew Bennett.
It's unclear when guard Pete Kendall will be able to return from the pulled hamstring he suffered against Tennessee. As per team policy, coach Eric Mangini wouldn't discuss the injury on Monday, but for the super-tough Kendall not to come back into the game with a pulled muscle, it must be pretty severe. If Kendall can't go, Norm Katnik would get the start. Katnik did a serviceable job filling in for Kendall in Nashville.
Kendall and Katnik are similar players - both undersized technicians.
Whether it's Kendall or Katnik, the Jets line is a little undersized on the left side of the line. While left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson is listed at 305, there is no way he's at that weight now. He looks more like 295, his college weight.
Huge athletic defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth gave the Jets line fits, and this kind of 340- pound player could be a problem for the left side of the Jets line this year . . .
Right tackle Anthony Clement played really well in his Jets debut, shutting down Pro Bowl defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch most of the day. It shouldn't come as a surprise that Clement faired so well against Vanden Bosch. They were teammates in Arizona for a number of years, and practiced against each other quite a bit.
Clement was a smart off-season pickup for Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum this off-season. With Adrian Jones coming off a shaky first season as a starter, Clement was an excellent insurance policy, and ended up beating out Jones in training camp. Clement wasn't a hot item in free agency because he had a poor season last year in San Francisco. But remember he was forced to play out of position at left tackle due to injuries. He's not a left tackle, he's clearly a right tackle, a position he played well for a long-time in Arizona . . .
What a great debut for Bryan Schottenheimer in his first game as an offensive coordinator. The Jets passing game was superb, and according to Titans color analyst Frank Wycheck, the Jets scheme had the Titan's secondary confused . . .
Aside from rehabbing his shoulder this off-season, another goal of Chad Pennington was to get bigger and stronger to help his durability. He's clearly much bigger in the upper body. It's remains to be seen if this will make him more durable. But some of the Jets receivers think his arm is now stronger than prior to his two shoulder injuries. So it's possible all his diligence in the weight room has increased his arm strength . . .
Schottenheimer's offense is derived from the San Diego playbook, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that tight end Chris Baker was a big part of the passing game in the opener, with four catches including the game-winning touchdown. The centerpiece of the Chargers passing attack is tight end Antonio Gates . . .
So why did Titans coach Jeff Fisher make the weird decision to start Kerry Collins at quarterback after less than two weeks of practice? Why wouldn't he go with Billy Volek, who has a much better grasp of the offense. From what we hear, the Titans think Volek is an atrocious leader, and they wanted more of a take charge personality at the position. Don't be shocked if Volek stays in San Diego after the Titans-Chargers game next week. It's quite possible he will be traded to the Chargers after the game. The Chargers need a veteran backup to starter Phillip Rivers. But the Titans don't want to trade Volek before the game because he might give the Chargers insight into the Tennessee playbook . . .
Former Jets defensive end John Abraham tweaked his groin in the Falcons opening day win over Carolina . . .
The Dolphins released guard/center Wade Smith on Monday. With the Kendall injury, the Jets will likely be interested in him. Jets offensive line coach Tony Wise coached him in Miami . . .
There was a pre-game ceremony honoring the anniversary of 9/11, and the fans gave the Jets a standing ovation. The after the National Anthem, Stealth Bombers from Langley Air Force Base did a fly over . . .
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