Jets Prepare for Harrington

Herman Edwards sees a lot of similarities between Detroit's Joey Harrington and his own budding star, Chad Pennington.

"I think their energy is about the same," Edwards said. "They both enjoy playing football and are both competitive. He's just having fun playing quarterback [and] has some of those traits that Chad has."

 

Edwards acknowledged that Harrington runs around more than Pennington and can be a dangerous scrambling around the pocket. He has only been sacked 14 times this season, which is fewest in the NFL. He's done a good job of avoiding the sack and likes to throw on the run. Credit Detroit's offensive line as well.

 

The Jets practiced on the turf today and will do so most of the week, in preparation for playing in Detroit. Most NFL players prefer to play on grass, but the Jets are looking forward to playing on the turf, which they haven't done since week one in Buffalo. For the Jet wide receivers, particularly Santana Moss and Laveranues Coles, it will be a chance for them to utilize their speed.

 

DE Shaun Ellis is quietly having a terrific season. His accomplishments don't always show up in the statistics, but Ellis has gotten good pressure on the QB and has played well against the run. He had a couple of tackles on the line last week against Miami, and looks to be a different player from a year ago when he was overweight and often fatigued. Edwards also accepted some blame for moving Ellis to tackle last season, which was a failed experiment.

 

"Some of that is probably my fault," admitted Edwards of Ellis' poor play last season. "I had him trying to play the three-technique last year, and it was not good for him. Then he came back and tried to work his way out of it and it was hard for him."

 

The other defensive end, John Abraham has also picked up his play of late and had two sacks against Miami. Abraham is not playing with the knee brace anymore, and has been helped by the improved play of the defensive tackles Josh Evans and Jason Ferguson, who draw some of the attention off of the outside. Abraham leads the team with five sacks.

 

The Jets have two players on the injured list. LB Khary Campbell is still questionable with a left foot injury, and G Jonathan Goodwin is questionable with a shoulder contusion.

 

RB Curtis Martin did very little in practice today, and usually takes Wednesday's practice off to rest his ankle. Coles left practice with an undisclosed injury, but it appears as though he hurt his ribs. He had bandages wrapped around his torso and was given electro-stim treatment. 


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