Friday, September 24, 2010
Spy games: What Brown can do for Miami
By Rich Cimini
It happened again. For the second straight week, a player released by the New York Jets was picked up by their opponent. OT Patrick Brown, waived Thursday by the Jets, was claimed Friday by the Miami Dolphins.
The Jets and Dolphins play Sunday night in Miami. Obviously, there's some gamesmanship in play here, with the Dolphins probably hoping to pump Brown for some intel on the Jets. Because he was cut so late in the week, Brown was exposed to the Jets' game plan for the Dolphins. Faux pas, anyone?
A week ago, the Jets waived popular RB Danny Woodhead and he ended up signing with the New England Patriots on the eve of the game. At least the Jets cut him early in the week, so he never had a chance to see the game plan.
That the Jets released Brown was somewhat of a surprise because now, with backup OT Wayne Hunter (bruised shin) ruled out of the game, they have no No. 3 tackle. Maybe they miscalculated the severity of Hunter's injury. Rex Ryan seemed optimistic Wednesday and Thursday that Hunter would be able to play, but he indicated Friday that it took a turn for the worse.
Ryan also said rookie Vladimir Ducasse would back up at tackle as well as guard, but Ducasse hasn't played tackle since last season at UMass. The Jets will be in trouble if D'Brickashaw Ferguson or Damien Woody gets hurt.
With an open roster spot, the Jets are likely to replace Brown with WR Patrick Turner, currently on the practice squad. They probably will make that move Saturday. How appropriate. Turner spent last season, plus the 2010 training camp, with the Dolphins.
So which "spy" is better, Turner or Brown? Can Turner play tackle?