> "I went by the defensive coaches' office," coach Herman Edwards says, "and I asked them, 'Did 89 catch another touchdown today?' They haven't guarded him yet." Number 89 is JERRICHO COTCHERY, a fourthround pick out of North Carolina State. Though not a burner, the 6-foot 207-pounder is a tough guy who'll catch the ball in a crowd.
ENEMY LINES An opposing scout's view
General manager Terry Bradway's first-round choices the last two years haven't been great. Defensive end Bryan Thomas doesn't start, and Dewayne Robertson hasn't really learned how to play yet. They followed with a defense-heavy draft this year. I'd call it a make-or-break draft for Bradway.... Jonathan Vilma has a chance to be great, if they use him right. But remember, he's a little guy. How well they can work their other young people in will be the key to the defense, and the defense is the key to the team because you know Chad Pennington and those guys can score points.... I think their best linebacker combination would be Vilma, Eric Barton and Sam Cowart, but Victor Hobson has a lock on the strongside position. I think he's the weakest of the bunch. People will go after him.... On offense it's a Big Three operation: Pennington, Curtis Martin and Santana Moss. God help the Jets if one of them gets hurt. Martin's backup, LaMont Jordan, is more of a problem than he's worth. The line is just O.K., but having Pete Kendall fall into their lap as a late free-agent pickup was big for them.
On offense it's a Big Three operation: Chad Pennington, Curtis Martin and Santana Moss.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 6--10
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):