Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jets Wildcard Week - Day Four

Day three got away from me. Oh well. A few random things first. D'Brickashaw Ferguson was named the Jets Walter Payton Man of the Year. Ferguson does a ton of work with his foundation helping students and the community in and around the area of Long Island where he grew up.

Jets have signed four players to future contracts including TJ Conley who, if I remember correctly, was punter number 1 during the punter merry-go-round during training camp last summer.

Now onto the business at hand. David Harris was limited in practice today, but he did practice after not participating on either Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Rex Ryan he had started jogging on it yesterday so clearly there's progress.

The sticky part of the problem here is that Harris has a high ankle sprain, which takes a while to heal. If you don't let it heal, it will nag for ages. So, the Jets are in the position of needing Harris badly this week - but also can't afford to set him back should they win and need him in more playoff games.

Ryan Fowler (Harris' backup who had a head injury) was back full today. I would bet he will see some significant time, along with Kenwin Cummings even if Harris does start.

Everybody else is relatively healthy. Punter Steve Weatherford's hamstring is healing, although that's another injury which if it doesn't heal well, oh boy. Jets fans should hope he doesn't have to punt a lot.

The mood in the locker room is relatively calm they know that if they didn't see everything from the Bengals last week, they sure will this week - not the least of which will be RB Cedric Benson.

Additionally, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said this week that some of the Bengals players didn't even know that they were going to play until later in the day on Sunday so that would throw off somoeone's preparation. Pretty sure they all know who's up for this one.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer shared yesterday that he would consider turning down a head coaching job to stay with the Jets because of how happy he is now with the organization.

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