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Twelve games apparently signify enough time for a rookie to make an impact -- or even an occasional blip.
New York Jets defensive end Vernon Gholston, the NFL's sixth-overall draft choice in April, has done precious little, and coach Eric Mangini sounds like a man about out of patience.
This is an exchange from Mangini's news conference on Monday, a day after losing to the Denver Broncos, 34-17, in the Meadowlands:
Could Gholston have gotten more action?
Mangini: "He had a significant shot [Sunday]. There were plays to be made. His opportunities were based on his ability to make those plays."
How many snaps did Gholston have?
Mangini: "I don't remember the exact number, but probably twice as much, or three times as much as the week before."
How did Gholston do?
Mangini: "I think that he needs to continue to improve."
Mangini delivered that last line "through what appeared to be semi-clenched teeth," wrote Newsday reporter Erik Boland.
Gholston signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal. Through his first 12 NFL games, Gholston has yet to start. He was a fearsome pass rusher at Ohio State, but he has four solo tackles and zero sacks.
"In moments, [frustration] has set in," Gholston said, according to Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson. "You look at the sack total for yourself and you wish you had some.
"But just like the other day, there's a lot of times where I've been close. The biggest thing about sacks is once you get that first one, it can keep on rolling after that."