Harper Responds to Pressure

With a wealth of talent on the defensive line, rookie Alan Harper was looking like the sixth defensive tackle and a long shot to make the team.

Harper's Jet career hinged on his performance in the final preseason game against Philadelphia. Harper stepped up his game and played well enough that the Jets couldn't cut him.


DE DeAngelo Lloyd wound up being the odd man out on the defensive line, in what appears to be a perplexing move from Herm Edwards and the Jets. The 6-6, 280-pound Lloyd, who flashed some of his raw talent during two of the four preseason games, was waived to bring in a fifth wide receiver. It had appeared that the Jets, who have four, very talented receivers, were going to use either RB-KR Chad Morton or QB-WR Tory Woodbury as their fifth wide receiver.


The Jets were very high on LB Anthony Denman who was recently cut by the Cleveland Browns. Mike Westhoff was very intrigued by what the undersized but speedy linebacker could do on special teams, and the Jets would have picked him up, were it not for the division rival Buffalo Bills, who claimed him off waivers before the Jets could.


The Jets are looking for another strong safety, but Edwards said, "Because we're looking for a strong safety doesn't necessarily reflect on Nick [Ferguson]. A couple of names out there caught my interest." The Jets would like Ferguson to be a little more consistent on the field. It was rumored the Jets were interested in Tavares Tillman, who was just waived by the Bills, but that is not the case.


SS Sam Garnes will be upgraded to probable for Sunday's season opener at Buffalo… With Only Jumbo Elliott and rookie tight end convert Chris Smith, the Jets appear to be a little thin at backup tackle. Edwards said that in an emergency, starting guard J.P. Machado could fill in at tackle. Machado, who already can play every interior lineman position, played some tackle during his sophomore season at Illinois.

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