This is not how the Jets or their first round draft pick Bryan Thomas envisioned his rookie year would start out. Through his first five games, Thomas has recorded just one sack and one QB Pressure, and has been slowed down by a slue of problems. In addition to the difficult adjustment from college to the NFL, Thomas was distracted by allegations that he hit his girlfriend. An investigation showed no evidence of this, and his name was cleared, but the mild-mannered rookie was clearly affected by the situation. Thomas has dropped 15 pounds since he reported to camp and the loss in strength has also played a role in his poor play. The weight loss can be attributed to poor eating habits, off the field stress, and getting his wisdom teeth removed. Thomas's weight at one point dipped below 250 pounds. The Jets brought in a nutritionist who has been working with the rookie for the last week.
The Jets were able to practice outside today, which allowed them to throw the ball downfield. Herm Edwards felt it was important to give the secondary a lot of work on deep routes before facing Minnesota's passing offensive. The rain had forced the team into the practice bubble earlier in the week, which makes it nearly impossible to throw down field.
WR Wayne Chrebet continues to practice this week, but will have a limited role in Sunday's game. He will be the slot receiver on third downs, but it is not certain how much more than that he'll play. Free safety Damien Robinson banged knees with WR Ataveus Cash during practice and suffered a bruised knee. It is not expected to be too serious. Defensive line coach Rubin Carter left practice early today for personal reasons. DT's James Reed and Larry Webster are probable for Sunday. LB Mo Lewis and G J.P. Machado are both probable as well. DE Steve White is questionable with a sprained ankle that kept him out of the Kansas City game two weeks ago.
Trust was a big theme in camp this week, and Edwards spoke to the players at length about trusting one another to do their job, and not compensating or pressing. Here's what he said.
"When you want to go on vacation and you have your kids and your family, you will call the airport and book a flight. You are trusting a guy in an airplane to fly you and your family to that destination, and you don't even know the man or woman. But you trust them. You figure that one out. What we need to understand is that you have to trust the guy that is playing next to you on defense."