But the good news for the Jets is that they should be able to do a lot of damage against Miami's secondary, which has struggled this year. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington should be able to get a lot done against them.
Last week, Pennington struggled mightily against Jacksonville's secondary, one of the NFL's best. But the Jags have a much better defensive backfield than the Dolphins, and expect Pennington to get a lot done against Miami's deep patrol . . .
For Jets running back Cedric Houston to be listed as "questionable" is probably a little misleading. There is almost no chance he's going to play this week because he's still rehabbing his hyper-extended left knee. While Houston can run straight ahead just fine, he's having trouble cutting. He's probably another week or two away from returning.
This is bad news for the Jets because the physical Houston played very well last year against the Dolphins' stout front seven. He broke a lot of tackles, running for 73 yards last December in Miami.
Kevan Barlow against this defense isn't a good match-up because of his upright running style. The Jets' best chance of running successfully would probably be with Leon Washington who can run under Miami's tall defensive ends . . .
Speaking of the Jets' running game, it's highly unlikely that fullback B.J. Askew is going to play this week. The fullback has a foot sprain that has been heavily wrapped this week. He was receiving a lot of treatment after the game in Jacksonville, and was one of the last players to leave the locker room.
Askew's replacement would be James Hodgins, who actually might be a better blocker than Askew because he's got a lower center of gravity. As Jets coach Eric Mangini said a couple of weeks ago, Hodgins "makes linebackers quit." . . .
Another injured player of note is wideout Laveranues Coles, who is all banged up. The super-tough Coles is listed with a calf injury, but he is also dealing with some kind of hand issue which could impact his ability to catch the ball. He will likely play. It would take a lot for Coles to miss a Jets-Dolphins game. He hates the Dolphins organization for taking him off their draft board due to character issues. He plays like a man possessed against Miami, and has had some of his best games against the Jets' biggest rival.
Coles, unless his injuries inhibit him, could have a huge game against the Dolphins' poor secondary, which will be without starting cornerback Travis Daniels. He will be replaced by journeyman Andre Goodman . . .
Hank Poteat has been a valuable resource for the Jets coaches and defensive backs this week. The cornerback, signed on Tuesday, faced the Dolphins last week as a member of the New England Patriots. Now he faces them again as a Jet. Poteat has been very helpful to fellow Jets defenders in their preparation for Dolphin quarterback Joey Harrington. The Miami signal-caller is known to telegraph passes, and Poteat's insight could help the Jets' struggling secondary be very well-prepared for Harrington's tendencies . . .
One factor which should help Harrington and the Dolphins' inconsistent offensive line is that the Jets play almost the same defense as New England, so a lot of the looks he saw last week he will face on Sunday . . .
This week the Jets brought in former Philadelphia Eagle defensive tackle Keyonta Marshall for a tryout. He is a 6-1, 325 product of Grand Valley State, who the Eagles picked in the seventh round of the 2005 draft.
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