This was a quote from Jets management upon finding out that New York and San Francisco are finalist for the 2012 Olympics. Most people feel the only way the Jets can get a stadium of their own on the West Side of Manhattan is if the city gets the Olympics.
The fractured thumb of SS Sam Garnes will be placed into a protective cast. Though Garnes will not play this Friday, he will be ready for the opener against Buffalo. Herm Edwards felt that playing with the cast could actually improve Garnes' catching ability because it will force him to concentrate more. Either Nick Ferguson or rookie Jon McGraw will start at strong safety on Friday against the Eagles.
How long with QB Vinny Testaverde play in Friday's game? "Don't Blink" is what Edwards told reporters today. Expect no more than one series from Testaverde and most of the starting unit… The Jets will use Friday's game to evaluate the players on the bubble. They will make their final 16 cuts the day after the game, to bring their roster down to 53. Edwards addressed the rookies in a meeting last night to try and prevent them from "playing nervous," which he has seen from them in practice this week.
J.P. Machado has been doing a nice job since moving from center to left guard. Edwards likes his versatility in playing center and both guard spots… WR Santana Moss might be able to practice today… C Dennis O'Sullivan has been doing a nice job in camp and has an opportunity to make the team.
"The offense is farther along than the defense," said Edwards. Going in to the final preseason game, the Jets defense has never had everyone healthy and playing together, and now lose one more starter in Sam Garnes… LB Sam Cowart will be ready go to when the season begins, but his lack of practice time may have an effect on his endurance.
On the eve of Jet home games this year, the team will stay in a hotel in downtown Manhattan. Edwards felt that a New York team should stay in New York, and that it would make a nice gesture after the events of 9/11.