Jets Prepare for Lucas

Dolphins' QB Ray Lucas is questionable, and may not practice much this week, but Herman Edwards is pretty sure the former Jet will be in the game to face his old team.

"I know Lucas. He will probably play," said Edwards.


Lucas is considered an athletic quarterback with great running ability, but the reality is that the Dolphins don't want him to run. Edwards likened him to his own QB Chad Pennington, in that he scrambles when he has to and doesn't force the run. In Monday night's game against the Packers, Lucas scrambled to avoid pressure, but tried to stay in the pocket and make throws.


For third string QB Sage Rosenfels, it would be his first NFL start if Lucas is unable to go. Rosenfels stepped in and played five downs when Lucas injured his shoulder in the Monday night game, throwing three incomplete passes. The Jets watched film of Rosenfels from the preseason, when he played most of Miami's final game.


For WR Chris Carter, it will be his second game with the Dolphins, since coming out of retirement. His debut last Monday night was a rocky one, but Edwards knows Carter is a big threat, and a good compliment to WR Chris Chambers, who leads the team in receiving yards.


Sunday night's game against the Dolphins will be a nationally televised game, but Edwards said that should not be a motivational factor for his players.


"If you need to play in the bright lights to make you play good, that's not good," Edwards said. "We're three and five and whether we play in the parking lot at one o'clock in the morning and no one shows up, it really doesn't matter. We should want to play because we need to try and win another game, regardless of it's on national TV or not."


Before the Chargers game last weekend, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Jets' owner Woody Johnson asked some of his players to give back their signing bonuses because of their poor play. Not only did Johnson vehemently deny the report, but Mortensen spoke to Edwards on the phone, and apologized.


Questions have surfaced again about the Jet running game, and whether it's been offensive line problems, Curtis Martin's ankle, or opposing team's defenses that have caused the running game to suffer.


"All three," said Edwards. "Add them all up, all three of them."


Martin re-injured the ankle in the Cleveland game and has felt soreness ever since. It is something he will have to play through for the rest of the season, but it appears to have affected his speed and mobility. Martin is in jeopardy of having the first sub 1000-yard season of his career.


The Meadowlands field looks in good shape for the first time all season, after fresh sod was placed down last week. The Giants played on the field last Sunday and said they had no problems with it.

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