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NEW YORK JETS
September 12, 1966
In training camp the Jets performed as extras in the filming of a TV musical about a miserable football team that is transformed into a winner by a messenger of the gods. On cue, the Jets were dropping passes, missing kicks, falling down, fumbling and bumbling like an idiot team when a club official cracked, "I really don't notice anything different." Three years removed from the Titans of Harry Wismer, the Jets are different, however, and the real-life presence of Joe Namath may be godlike enough to make them challengers for the Eastern championship.
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September 12, 1966

New York Jets

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New York's defensive backs lack size, but Dainard Paulson is All-League at safety and Cornell Gordon could be good at right corner back. The right safety will be either Jim Hudson or Ray Abruzzese, and Billy Baird takes over from Willie West, gone to Miami in the expansion draft, at the other corner. Veteran Johnny Sample will add experience and speed to the secondary. A very swift but very small rookie, Sherman Lewis, the Michigan State star of three years ago, should make the team if only on punt and kickoff returns.

The kicking is strong with Punter Johnson, who averaged 45.3 yards (second in the AFL), and Jim Turner, who scored 91 points with his toe.

That television musical in which the Jets lapsed into their old nonskills is all about miracles. Three of the Jets' first four games are against the lower echelon of the AFL—Miami, Denver and Boston—and they could be off to a fast start. Thereafter, the developing skills of the younger players could continue the momentum.

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