Moss presents a big challenge for defenses because he could burn anybody one-on-one, and if you double team him and only put seven guys in the box, they can run the ball effectively with second-year back Michael Bennett. Bennett averaged four yards-per-carry in his rookie year, and is one of the fastest backs in the league. The Jets are going to us rookie safety Jon McGraw a lot this week because he is the fastest and most athletic safety the Jets have, and is good at playing the ball. With the way the Vikings throw downfield and have Moss simply go up to get it, McGraw could be very effective in helping out the corners.
The Jets will decide this week whether CB Andrew Davison or LB Khary Campbell will dress as a special teams player this week. Davison was playing special teams two weeks ago, and Edwards said he would like to bring Campbell in.
The Jets will have a platoon situation this week at left guard between J.P. Machado and rookie Jonathan Goodwin. Machado has struggled mightily this season and has a sore ankle, so look for Goodwin to see a fair amount of snaps, and maybe even G/T Darnell Alford…DT Larry Webster has been resting his sore knees during the bye week and could return to action this week.
With Minnesota's deep passing game, QB Daunte Culpepper has to stay in the pocket a long time, and Edwards things that can help the Jets pass rush this week. Of course that is contingent on the Jets tackling Culpepper, who is the biggest QB in the league and breaks tackles like a running back.
The defense has not done a good job in forcing turnovers this year, and Edwards has them working more on making gang tackles, where some guys are going for the tackle while others are trying to make a strip on the ball. The Jets led the league last year in forced turnovers, and a number of those came on gang tackles and making strips.
The Jet position coaches met individually with every single player this week to go over how they were playing and what is expected out of them. Edwards hopes those meetings will give his players a better understanding of where they need to be and what they need to do to produce.