Keeping tabs on Coles

May, 4, 2010
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Post-rookie camp thoughts and observations:

1. One potential roster concern as the Jets head into the next phase of the offseason is the depth at the wide-receiver position. With Santonio (iPod) Holmes slated to serve a four-game league suspension at the start of the regular season, the Jets are looking at Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith as their top three wideouts for the first month. The No. 4 would be David Clowney.

It's not an ideal situation, even for a run-oriented team like the Jets. With that in mind, the Jets have kept an open dialgue with former Jets WR Laveranues Coles, league sources confirmed. Coles has lost some tread on his tires, but he'd be a solid No. 3, someone who could play the slot. This probably would be a down-the-road deal, perhaps even in training camp.

2. On Draft Night I, when the Jets took CB Kyle Wilson in the first round, ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Browns gave strong consideration to Wilson at No. 7 but ended up selecting Florida CB Joe Haden after a war-room debate. Rex Ryan all but confirmed that last weekend during the minicamp.

Discussing Wilson, Ryan said, "There is somebody that I really know well for a long time that basically said that he was their guy, and they picked a lot earlier than us. You can probably figure it out. That’s who he wanted ..." Obviously, he was referring to his twin brother, Rob Ryan, who happens to be the Browns' defensive coordinator.

Just a guess here, but it sounds like Rob Ryan was over-ruled by Eric Mangini (and football czar Mike Holmgren), who believed Haden was a better fit in his system. Unlike the Jets, Mangini plays more zone than man-to-man, and Haden is considered by many to be a better zone corner than Wilson, whose forte is man-to-man.

3. Had to laugh at Joe McKnight's comments about not being used to the Jets' practice tempo, using that as one of the reasons he lost his lunch on the field. The rookie running back said the rookie minicamp was tougher than Pete Carroll's practices back at USC. Huh? Dude, you didn't even wear pads last weekend. If you thought that was tough, wait until training camp. Advice: Get in better shape.

4. To recap, the Jets are flirting/showing interest in the following free agents: Coles, 32; QB Mark Brunell, 40 in September; and LB Adalius Thomas, 33 in July. All that age, and they couldn't keep LG Alan Faneca, 33? Interesting.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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