Jets Mid-Week Wrap

Practice notes and team news heading into week three of the 2003 NFL season.

--Few coaches know Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde the way Patriots coach Bill Belichick does. The two were together in Cleveland (1993-95) and New York (1998-99). Belichick has seen plenty of what Testaverde can do and the veteran quarterback says that no matter how hard he prepares, his former head coach will always surprise him.
   "Each game with him and his defense is always a battle," Testaverde said. "You know that what they show on film is never going to be the same on Sunday. He never plays anyone the same."
   --Before the Dolphins game last week, back-up running back LaMont Jordan said he heard a very disturbing comment from a Jets fan - who shouted that Jordan should be starting and the struggling Martin should break a leg. Jordan has grown very close to Martin since joining the Jets in 2001 and even though he loses carries because of the future Hall of Famer's presence, Jordan was angered by the comment.
   "Don't say that about Curtis," said Jordan, who has also struggled with the Jets' lack of a running game. `The strength of our offense is around the running game. As a team we need to collectively get this thing rolling and stop placing the blame on one man. It's not Vinny's fault and it's not Curtis' fault."
   --CB Ray Mickens will start in place of the injured Donnie Abraham after playing as the Jets nickel back for most of his career. Mickens, however, has never fared that well as a starter. He's generously listed at 5-foot-8 by the Jets and he'll definitely have trouble against bigger receivers. When the Jets play in nickel and dime, Mickens will move to safety and Jamie Henderson will play corner.
   --CB Jamie Henderson will see an increase in playing time with Donnie Abraham out with a broken bone in his right shoulder. Henderson has been an excellent contributor on special teams and will eventually be a starting corner for the Jets, maybe as early as next season - or this season if the Jets' secondary has another injury. When the Jets go to nickel or dime he will play corner with Ray Mickens moving to safety.
   --S Tyrone Carter will play in the Jets dime defense. Carter struggled in the preseason and in the first two games, primarily because he was trying to do too much and would go out of position to make the big play.


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