Clarke was beat by Holiday, who hit Pennington hard as he was throwing on the first drive. Holiday beat Clarke for a second quarter sack. Clarke let Holiday by him late in the first half and the DE crushed Pennington as he threw the TD to Chris Baker.
Clarke also had a false start on the one yard line on the Jets second drive.
Once Will Montgomery learns the system, he could challenge Clarke for the starting job. Montgomery, who the Jets signed last week, started four games at guard for the Carolina Panthers last year . . .
Cotchery beat S Renaldo Hill over the middle on the Jets second drive for 19 yards. Cotchery beat CB Mike Lehan for a gain of 13 at the end of the first half . . .
For the second game in a row, Chris Baker had an impressive touchdown catch showing great hands and hand-eye coordination.
Just like many fans, Baker continues to be baffled why he doesn't see the ball more.
When asked about his TD catch against Miami, Baker replied, "When I get the ball, I have to make the most of it, because I don't know when it's going to come back."
Now, this might sounds like a malcontent to you, but Baker is actually a great team player. The affable Baker makes these kind of statements in a way that doesn't rip at the team fabric.
But the bottom line is the Jets need Baker to stay in a lot to help out the offensive line, which has been very inconsistent.
By the way, the Jets didn't attempt to get Baker more involved from the get-go against Miami. Chad Pennington threw the first pass of the game to him, and it was almost picked off by Hill. This was a rare case of Pennington throwing into double coverage. Pennington said he rushed through his progressions on this play, and it led to a bad decision . . .
The Jets face a Bills team this Sunday that might be the most banged up in the league. They lost two starting defensive backs for the year (S Ko Simpson and CB Jason Webster), and their first and second string weakside linebackers are both out. Against the Patriots, starting MLB Paul Poslusny broke his arm. Quarterback J.P. Losman hurt his knee against the Patriots and will miss the Jets game, but this isn't that big a loss. His replacement Trent Edwards has more of an upside.
But you know a team is banged up when they bring in a lot of players for tryouts. Check out this list of players the Bills brought in last week to workout -
Adams, Blue DB Cincinnati
Bain, Travarous DB Hampton
Fontenot, Therrian DB Fresno State
Fox, Dustin DB Ohio State
Harris, Erick DB Liberty
Hendricks, Carlos DB Ala.-Birmingham
Madison, Anthony DB Alabama
McCann, Dee DB West Virginia
Minter, DeMario DB Georgia
Mitchell, Shirdonya DB Missouri
Perkins, Antonio DB Oklahoma
Strait, Derrick DB Oklahoma.
Even without the injuries, the Bills probably weren't going to be very good this year, and now with all these maladies, they could turn into the worst team in football.
But in Edwards, it looks like they might have their quarterback for the next decade. He has a big-time arm, intelligence, sees the field well and has terrific leadership qualities . . .
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