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No. 58 Back in the Old Familiar Places

Posted by Randy Lange on November 3, 2007 – 11:36 am

Special Teams Saturday on newyorkjets.com welcomes the return of one of the Green & White’s "teams" stalwarts to action. There on last Sunday’s opening kickoff, third man from the left end of the line, No. 58 was back in one of his elements.

"I wasn’t real sentimental about it. I was just getting back to work," Matt Chatham said. But, he said, warming to the topic, "As a player, you kind of like to start the game on kickoff. You’ve got a lot of extra energy from pregame. And for me, I had nine months more of extra energy."

Chatham, after all, was playing in his first play in his first game back after missing the first seven games of the season on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform. And he spent the month and a half before the opener on preseason PUP.

He hadn’t hit anybody with serious intent since the playoff game at New England in January.

Add to this the fact that Chatham is a core teams contributor when he’s healthy — he was voted one of the specialists’ captains last season, his first as a Jet.

To celebrate all this excess energy and return to action, Chatham ran down under Mike Nugent’s kickoff and was in on the game’s first tackle of returner Terrence McGee along with Brad Smith.

"Yeah, it felt good to get out there and be involved early on," he said.

Chatham even appeared on defense for a couple of first-quarter plays back at his old outside linebacker home. Then back on teams, he and Wallace Wright teamed up on a tackle of Roscoe Parrish in punt coverage at the top of the fourth quarter, and he appeared in the middle of the wedge on Leon Washington’s kickoff returns.

"I joked with Gus [Granneman, equipment director] that he’d need extra-strong detergent to get the rust out of my uniform," Chatham said. "Hopefully, my game experience will kick in and expedite the process."

Chatham’s seven previous seasons of LB experience will come in handy when he’s called on defensively the rest of this season. And his special teams expertise will be a valuable addition in trying to rein in the Redskins’ top returners, Rock Cartwright (29.2 yards per kickoff return) and Antwaan Randle El (a tame 6.8 yards per punt return but still very dangerous).

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10 Responses to “No. 58 Back in the Old Familiar Places”

  1. By Ira on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Reports are that Bender could start at RT and Montgomery at LG. I thought earlier in the week at least 1 would start. Not only is Clemens playing without Coles he could have 2 new o-lineman. This will be very interesting. They might as well find out now what they have or don’t have. With Brick,Moore,Mangold then Bender and Montgomery that could be their starting o-line for next season.

  2. By Randy Eide on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    who let the mangini out of this bottle ? Who duped us that this guy was sooo good he deserved a HC job in the NFL ? What exactly were his credentials ? He doesnt have a Superbowl ring as a cordinater at all !!!

  3. By Ira on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Randy, I was hoping to see Clowney but bringing up Davis is very interesting. Davis did get time with Clemens during camp so i expect them to try a few long passes to Davis tomorrow. He is by far the fastest WR on the active roster now.Randy i don’t think Davis caught any passes in a preseason game this summer.Am i right or did he have a catch or two?

  4. By Tanner on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Who wants the colts to win sundAY?

  5. By Randy Lange on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Ira, Chris Davis had no receptions for the Jets during the preseason.

  6. By Drew on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Randy Lange…Chatham must have something on you and the rest of the media . He gets more headlines than anyone. A guy like Matt works well on a team fighting for a playoff spot not on a 1-7 team trying win some games and look at the younger guys. I know he is a media darling and a great guy but come on. LOL.. Ira, I think anyone can play better than Clarke did this year so lets get Montgomery in.

  7. By Charles on Nov 3, 2007 | Reply

    Colts will win on Sunday I hope , I hate the Pats.

  8. By Row on Nov 4, 2007 | Reply

    It’s always nice to see a guy make it on the field that had a small chance. Randy, I’d really like to see what goes on in practice. I also would like someone to question the OC just once. Chad = 10td’s, Leon had 2 on KR’s. How many TD’s could we have scored on offense? Maybe 12? If we go by quarters, that’s say 12td’s in 32qtrs. RIDICULOUS! I hate stats, but something needs to CHANGE with Schott!

  9. By Vaughn on Nov 4, 2007 | Reply

    Why is there always an article on Chatham. I don’t want to hear about the last string LB on the team. He plays special teams so the good players don’t get hurt out there, nothing more. How about an article on the Jets plans for the future, like why the DE that flourished last year (Thomas) has been anemic this year, or an article on why Thomas Jones has 0 rushing TD’s this season.

  10. By uncle joe on Nov 4, 2007 | Reply

    Drew right again,Matt,sorry is a waste of a roster spot.He is probably in the locker room to report back to Mangini.Although I think it was him in the Buffalo game that caught that short kickoff.If it was, good Job Matt,it could of been a very big play.Hey Randy,what ever happened to Frisman Jackson?I thought him and Clemens looked good together in Pre-Season.

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