Three things we learned Tuesday

August, 9, 2011
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1. The new Wildcat. Brad Smith, the man who made the Jets' Wildcat package so dangerous, too his versatile skill set to the Bills. Now, what? Will the Jets ditch the Wildcat? They're probably not going to use it as often as last season, but it's still will be part of their package. Rex Ryan said Tuesday he has three candidates to replace Smith: Rookie WR Jeremy Kerley, RB Joe McKnight and RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Good luck trying to fill those shoes.

2. As the Ankle Turns. WR Plaxico Burress, he of the tweaked ankle, didn't participate at all in team drills. Based on rep count, that would qualify as a setback, considering he took three reps Sunday. It's unclear if Burress aggravated the injury, but this much we know: The Jets will be ultra, ultra, ultra cautious with Burress throughout the preseason. They don't want to take any chances, and that's smart, but he also needs time with QB Mark Sanchez. Tough balancing act.

3. D-Back is back. It wasn't a headline acquisition, but the signing of CB Donald Strickland could prove to be an important move. He knows the system, having played for the Jets in 2009, and he could push Kyle Wilson for the nickel job. Ostensibly, they signed Strickland, cut recently by the Chargers, to replace Drew Coleman (Jaguars). It wasn't a hard sell job. Said defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, "It was one of those phone calls where we had him at hello."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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