Szott Added to Active Roster

The Jets came to a decision today and moved veteran guard Dave Szott from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list to the 53-man active roster.

In order to make room for Szott, the Jets waived G/T Darnell Alford, who appeared in two games as a Jet. Herman Edwards felt that Szott would most likely be ready for game action by December if he didn't have any setbacks, and could challenge for the starting left guard spot. J.P. Machado and Jonathan Goodwin have done a good job in a platoon role at left guard, for the last month or so.

 

John Hall had an extra point blocked in the Lion's game, and it was the fourth time the Jets have had a kick blocked this season. Some have been low kicks, but on this particular occasion, the line did not fulfill their blocking assignments, and James Hall was able to get a good push and make the block.

 

The Jets looked good on the field turf of Ford Field in Detroit, and Edwards said of the field,

 

 "I thought it was fast. I thought our guys played very fast on it."

 

Edwards again referred to the bye week as the key to the team's turnaround. Over those two weeks, the Jets went back to basics and fundamentals and Edwards said he had a significant change in focus, in which he concentrated more on the Jets and making improvements, and less on the opponents and game planning.

 

Sam Garnes had another good game on Sunday, and was second on the team in tackles, with 5. He also had an interception, but it was negated by a James Darling roughing the passer penalty. Garnes has felt much more comfortable since the Jets moved him closer to the line and in the box. The Jets did not play Garnes in the box early in the season because they did not want him to take that much contact while playing with a broken thumb.

 

After Sunday's performance against the Lions, Chad Pennington leads the NFL with a 71 percent completion percentage. His four TD's on Sunday was a career high, and gives him 10 TD's on the season, versus five INT's.

 

Curtis Martin had his second 100-yard rushing game this season, and now has 575 yards on the year. If he maintains his current averages, he will the season with 920 yards, which would be his first sub 1000-yard rushing season of his career.


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