Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Final open Hofstra practice today

Today was the final practice in Hofstra's history, and the Jets managed to screw it up How? They waited until 11:49 PM last night to notify the fans. Dave Hutchinson thinks it could be Eric Mangini's fault, but for something like this, it's the entire organization that's at fault. It's bad PR by the Jets, something they can hardly afford with PSL announcements forthcoming. But unless you were planning on going to the final practice at Hofstra, this isn't really news.

Besides, would this even be a story if Brett Favre weren't here?

Onto the actual practices themselves. Dwight Lowery might be playing himself into the starting role opposite the stellar Darrelle Revis. The 4th round pick out of San Jose State is trying to make himself the next in a line of 4th round finds (Kerry Rhodes, Leon Washington, Brad Smith) in recent seasons. Justin Miller and David Barrett both have their faults, and Lowery has been surprisingly solid.

Favre's been pretty sharp lately. He's zipped passes around impressively. The main issue with him is whether there is enough time for him to pick up enough of the playbook and for him to develop a rapport with the receivers, backs, and tight ends. He's had some inconsistencies with that at practice with some miscommunications and the like, but the early returns on him are positive.

Wallace Wright also had a strong practice yesterday. The receiver race is extremely interesting, and David Clowney's injury muddles it some more. Clowney could be placed on IR, but he should be back at some point. With Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles locks to make the roster, Chansi Stuckey, Brad Smith, Clowney, Wallace Wright, and Marcus Henry all are battling to make the roster. Henry was a 6th round pick this offseason, but he could be the odd man out. Wright and Smith are special teams stars, and Stuckey has been a little more impressive than Henry.

Erik Ainge and Henry are two potential draft picks this season that both have chances to be cut. Ainge has been hurt and pretty unimpressive, while Henry may be caught up in a numbers game. Both would be good practice squad options, but there's a good chance both would be snatched up quickly.

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