Saturday, May 8, 2010
Jets notebook: A little of this, a little of that
By Rich Cimini
Some Sunday Jets/NFL notes to wash down with your coffee and bagels:
1. The Jets – and their fans – should have considerable interest in the StarCaps case, which involves the Vikings’ Pat and Kevin Williams. The Jets face the Vikings in Week 5, so if the two stud defensive tackles are slapped with four-game suspensions and the suspensions run consecutively, they’d face Minnesota without a Williams in the middle of the defense. That’s big.
2. In case you’re wondering, the Jets have no interest in former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.
3. During my chat session the other day, a reader asked about Wallace Wright and how the Jets planned to fill his role on special teams. First of all, I was surprised the Jets let him go. Wright finished third on the team in special-teams tackles (22), but the Jets decided not to tender him an offer as a restricted free agent. He quickly signed with the Panthers, his hometown team. I did some checking and found out that … well, the Jets aren’t quite sure how they’ll replace Wright. Two candidates are WR David Clowney and CB Kyle Wilson, although they may end up taking a committee approach to fill his various roles.
4. Former Hawaii LT Aaron Kia told the Honolulu Advertiser that he will join the Jets May 15 as a non-roster player, trying to earn a contract during OTA practices. He was in the 49ers’ camp last week as a tryout player and didn’t receive a callback. Kia is friends with LB Brashton Satele, who earned a free-agent contract with the Jets after impressing in the rookie minicamp.
5. Vladimir Ducasse’s former high-school coach, Kevin Jones, is leaving his job as the Stamford (Conn.) coach to become a scout for agent Joe Linta, who happens to represent Ducasse.
6. The suitors aren’t exactly lining up for former Patriots OLB Adalius Thomas, whom many assumed would reunite with Rex Ryan, his former Ravens coordinator. I still think there’s a chance he could sign with the Jets, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. There’s a reason why Thomas, a two-time Pro Bowler in Baltimore, isn’t generating a ton of interest. His performance last season was … well, not good. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he played in 601 defensive snaps and recorded only five QB pressures. That’s Gholston-like.
7. Let’s compare those numbers to Jason Taylor. According to PFF, the dancing linebacker registered 20 QB pressures in 828 snaps – a respectable performance.
8. Cowboys rookie WR Dez Bryant pulled a Joe McKnight at his minicamp practice, vomiting on the practice field. Technically, it was the dry heaves, according to accounts out of Dallas, but that’s probably more than you need to know. Nevertheless, the Cowboys positively raved about his performance. They did so much gushing that, if there were a way to sign a player to a contract extension before he actually signs his first rookie deal, Jerry Jones would do it. Relax, people.
9. This is a bit weird: Former QBs Drew Bledsoe and Rick Mirer, the first and second overall picks, respectively in the 1993 draft, are both in the wine-making business, separately. Mirer, an incompetent Jets backup in 1999, apparently is intoxicated (pun intended) by the whole wine thing. Explaining why he decided to get involved in wine making, Mirer writes on his web site: “The explosive richness of a well-made Napa cabernet unleashed something within me.” Now I’m going to pull a McKnight.