A heaping helping of Monday Whispers

A heaping helping of Monday Whispers

New York Jets wide receiver Chas Gessner continues to perform brilliantly in practice and it likely aided the release of Jonathan Carter.

On Monday, he had two more good practices. In practices throughout the summer, the 6-foot-4 Gessner looks like the second coming of former Denver Bronco star Ed McCaffrey. However, Gessner hasn't been able to transfer those performances to preseason games.

In the first game, against Detroit, he had two drops. In the second game against Minnesota, he didn't have a drop, but he did have a false start. The Jets still seem committed to Gessner, especially since they released wideout Jonathan Carter on Monday. He was Gessner's main competition for the #5 receiver job. Rookie Harry Williams, who is currently nursing a knee injury, will likely end up on the practice squad. Gessner has been so superb in practice, the Jets are willing to give him the last two preseason games to show what he can do in a game.

"We're going to hang with the guy and just keep trying to get him the football," said Jets coach Herman Edwards. "You've got to be able to make a big play when you're called upon the next time we ask you to do it."

One factor helping Gessner's chances of hanging around is that he's been one of the Jets best coverage guys on special teams this summer. He led the team with three tackles against the Vikings . . .

Wideout Terrence Stubbs had another good practice on Monday. The Temple product has superb hands and can clearly play in the NFL . . .

Defensive end Joey Evans certainly didn't help his chances of making the team on Monday, when he tackled Cedric Houston in the afternoon practice, injuring the running back's shoulder. Evans took Houston to the ground, which is taboo in Jets practice. The extent of Houston's injury is unknown, but he didn't return to practice after the injury . . .

Safety Kerry Rhodes suffered a bruised thigh after colliding with cornerback Atari Bigby in the afternoon practice. Rhodes was in the starting lineup at free safety ahead of Erik Coleman at both Monday practices. If Rhodes is healthy, he will likely start at free safety against the New York Giants on Friday. Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson might be sending a message to Coleman, who has been inconsistent this summer, and blew a coverage against the Vikings.

The Rhodes injury coupled with Rashad Washington's concussion, are two examples of why the Jets might have pulled the trigger on the Jon McGraw trade too soon. They traded the safety to the Lions before the first preseason game . . .

Defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson was held out of the afternoon practice, and watched from the sidelines with a huge icebag on his left knee . . .

While cornerback Ty Law is still rusty, one play in the afternoon practice showed why he is a future Hall-of-Famer. He had a pick in the end zone on a deep ball. Law was wearing sweats at the afternoon practice in 90 degree heat. He is clearly trying to lose weight . . .

Defensive end Trevor Johnson seems to be dealing with a left knee injury. He is wearing a knee wrap in practice, and was walking around the cafeteria with an electro-stimulation device . . .

The punting battle is going to go down to the wire. It's a battle of great potential (Ben Graham) and veteran experience (Micah Knorr).

"You have one veteran guy, and one guy who hasn't punted a whole lot," said Edwards . . .

This is going to be a really hard decision for Jets GM Terry Bradway to make . . .

Henderson called Giants coach Tom Coughlin a few days after the Albany scrimmage to make amends for the skirmishes at the Jets-Giants practices. This conversation will likely lead the teams to continue their shared practice next summer . . .

Nose tackle James Reed continues to surprise people around Jets camp with his ability to handle the starting nose tackle position. Even though he's about 5-11, and a little under 280, not ideal size for nose tackle, he's getting the job done. One factor that is helping Reed handle the assignment is that he's improved his stamina. His first three years in the league, he often had to ask out of games after four or five plays because he was tired.

"He is having an incredible camp," said Henderson . . .

It doesn't look like defensive tackle Tim McGill has much chance of making the team. From what we hear, a lack of quickness is the problem . . .

You have to feel bad for rookie linebacker Mondoe Davis. After playing real well against the Lions, and looking like a player who might have a future with the team, he blew out his knee against the Vikings. The team released him on Monday. He received an injury settlement. There is a good chance they will bring him back next summer.

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