Ferguson takes step forward

There were concerns about Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson following a rough rookie year, and shaky 2007 preseason.

However, for Ferguson, Sunday was a big leap forward.

Having the responsibility of keeping the NFL's reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Jason Taylor, in check is never an easy challenge, yet that is precisely what Ferguson did.

"Jason Taylor's a great athlete" Ferguson said from his locker following the Jets 31-28 victory at the Meadowlands. "It was good to be able to get that victory and do some good things today. You have to make sure to look at the small things [throughout the week]. The little things that sometimes go unnoticed can be a major factor. It's important never to let anything go, as far as what you see on tape or what you do during the week to prepare, because the margin for error is just too small."

Taylor was limited to just four total tackles and no sacks. In fact, the only sack for the Dolphins, and much of the pressure to Pennington, came from defensive end Vonnie Holliday, who was the responsibility of guard Adrien Clarke.

The left-tackle position is often considered the most crucial component to the O-Line because of its responsibility to fend off the oppositions best pass-rusher, and to protect the quarterbacks blindside. When the Jets drafted Ferguson with the fourth overall pick of the 2006 draft, they did so under the assumption that he would be able to anchor the team's offensive line, and handle the responsibilities that come with it, for the next decade.

Thus far the results have been mixed, but on Sunday afternoon Ferguson certainly took a big step toward proving he's perhaps on his way toward becoming the player the organization envisioned.

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