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Seven Jets Alums Take In Today’s Practice

Posted by Randy Lange on May 19, 2009 – 5:45 pm

The Jets held their second OTA practice of the week today. Again it was closed to reporters, but we heard through the grapevine that Kellen Clemens and Mark Sanchez both threw the ball well today. No big news flash there.

Wednesday is a lifting/recovery day, no practice. Then we’ll know more Thursday, when the doors of the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center are thrown open to print, TV and radio reporters plus a few TV cameras and still photographers.

We can pass on some alumni news Seven former Jets showed up for today’s practice. Three of them were backs and receivers who would’ve liked to go back in time to catch a few passes today while four were guys who like to take the ball away from offenses.

And three of those seven all happened to wear the uniform No. 42 in Green & White as captured in the accompanying photo. CB John Booty (left), Super Bowl corner Randy Beverly and multi-back Bruce Harper are all shown pointing to their uni number on the wall holding all the franchise’s players by numbers inside the training facility.

Six of the seven, representing four decades of Jets football, also gathered with Jets head coach Rex Ryan before practice. From the left we have LB Chad Cascadden (1995-98), Beverly (’67-69), Booty (’88-90), Ryan, S Erik McMillan (’88-92), Harper (’77-84) and TE Billy Griggs (’85-89). Not in the photo but also at the practice was TE Fred Baxter (1993-2000), squeaking through to represent the new miillennium at today’s gathering.

The photos were snapped by VIP guest Bill Denk. Thanks for passing the images on, Bill.

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24 Responses to “Seven Jets Alums Take In Today’s Practice”

  1. By Ira on May 19, 2009 | Reply

    Randy,For many,many years we have heard alum Jet players complain that the team doesn’t involve them in daily events or even let them come into the buidling or practice. I always felt this was a bad way to treat these guys. Seems like the Jets will now change things. Hope more days like this will happen. Its part of the teams history and it will build a good feeling inside for the current players.

  2. By Fish Hunters on May 19, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Randy are you excluded from closed practices also or can you see what’s going on from your window? Curious if you can “see it” just can’t report it.

  3. By Fish Hunters on May 19, 2009 | Reply

    Excited about our team and the upcoming season. Wouldn’t be surprised if the team got it all together and wound up in the Superbowl. Probably never had a rookie coach and rookie QB accomplish that feat so the odds are most likely greater than the 1 in 16 of being in the AFC but stranger things have happened and there is always a first.

  4. By Coops on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Great to see some past Jets taking in the practice, brings back a lot of good memories. Some good guys from my early days of Jets fandom there – Griggs, Booty, McMillan. Also nice to see the over-achieving Cascadden and the long-time reserve TE Baxter there. Harper just before my time, and have only seen Beverly on film, but still nice to see these two great ex-Jets supporting their team.

  5. By uncle joe on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Throw Baxter back on the Roster!

  6. By Randy Lange on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Fish Hunters, Eric Allen and I can watch practice, but on certain matters such as reporting on specific plays and players at OTAs, newyorkjets.com follows the guidelines for media availability as set by our media relations department.

  7. By Fish Hunters on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Ira I agree with you. Only certain ones (Namath, Sack Exchange) seem to be the most visible. But in this era where we have a positive fibe around the team even more so should we embrace and welcome our alumni. I truly believe Rex has a lot to do with the guys being there, being there.

  8. By Ira on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Fish Hunters,
    I agree this has a lot do with Rex. He grew up with a lot of these players and its exciting to see him to this type of stuff. Very happy to see TJ will report next week. Edwards reported also to the Browns . They both end their holdouts at the same time. Makes you wonder whats up? They need to reach out to Matt Snell and get him to come around. Thats is long overdue.

  9. By Anthony on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    This is what the Jets need. From what I have heard through the grapevine Mangini wouldn’t let these guys into the lockeroom to speak with the players or anything. He is doing it already in Cleveland and Shaun Rogers wants out. Great to see some of the past jets showing up.

  10. By Rick on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Bruce Harper was the best!!!! Could juke 4 guys in one play.

  11. By Ira on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    uncle joe,
    Baxter was a solid TE that they could really use right now to help out Keller. Who knows maybe Simmons will make the roster. I still expect another veteran TE to be added to the roster between now and the start of the season.

  12. By Old Rogue on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Randy – When you say, “we heard through the grapevine,” do you mean from Jay Feely’s tweets? Come on now, fess up.

  13. By Randy Lange on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Old Rogue, I swear that the source of that earthshaking news was not the Twitter pages of Jay Feely, Kerry Rhodes, Alvin Keels or Drew Rosenhaus.

  14. By uncle joe on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Ira,nice call on the TJ,Edwards reportings,I didn’t even think of that.Still think Brad Smith or Cotchery would have to be included in the deal.

  15. By Ablity on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    thomas jones signs a 20 million dallors deal for 4 years right, we gets bout 13 million in his first two years, now in these next two he only going to make 7 million a year that about 4.5 million per year right. keep in mind the KR in SD
    is making 6.5 million this years so i see where thomas is coming from, he did start in the pro blow,my thing is didn’t he already know about the this wen he sign

  16. By Anonymous on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Can’t agree with Ira more. A strong franchise takes care of its own. Great as a fan to see some of the older exes. Congrats to Ryan et al for doing this. Let’s see some more.

  17. By Ira on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    uncle joe, J-Co isn’t going anywhere and it would not serve any purpose to trade for Edwards and then give away J-Co. Read some of my old posts on him. I feel he is one of the most underated WR’s in the NFL. Believe me Edwards could be had for a 3rd pick and TJ[ sorry TJ] and B.Smith {sorry Brad] could be added in for a bonus for the Sanchez deal.

  18. By Row on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    I’m waiting for the article on TJ, that states he’s going to OTA’s next Wednesday. Bet he’s more ripped then last year. MVP of our team last year! This year he will be even better, quote me. I said it earlier that he would be paid first and he was, super job Mr. T! Ira, can’t believe you even mentioned trading TJ. Edwards CANNOT be had in any deal, because we don’t have the cap! Go Jets

  19. By Dino on May 20, 2009 | Reply

    Can’t forget the ‘old timers’. I became Jet fan as a kid, AFTER the Super Bowl. Saw them next preseason against Giants. Namath lit it up!! Willie Williams bump&run against Maynard. Maynard toyed with him and 3rd+10 took off!! Namath hit him in dead stride! must’ve been 50 yds in the air. Man, it was beautiful! Jets fan ever since. Can’t forget those guys. Good for the new guys to meet them

  20. By Vincent on May 21, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, reports have TJ finally saying he’s going to show-up. I won’t be convinced about TJ until I see him give 100% and be a bit more team oriented and committed to the team. He needs to focus on these attributes and not just how many more zeros he can have added to his pay-check. Get your NY Jets game-face on TJ.

  21. By Rick Roucoulet on May 22, 2009 | Reply

    Haaa! Uncle Joe took the words right out of my mouth (Put Baxter back on the roster). Hey Randy, I thru this out there before but i dont think i got a response but how bout a section like INSIDE THE NFL had? (WHERE ARE THEY NOW) so we can see what some of our past JET heros are doing these days. Id love to see what my favorite of all time (#42 Ronnie Lott or #57 Mo Lewis) is up to..

  22. By Rick Roucoulet on May 22, 2009 | Reply

    Cont- or even some of the lesser knowns like : Browning Nagle & Adrian Murrel.. Players where some of these fans/readers can say WOW! i remember him.

  23. By John Moot on May 24, 2009 | Reply

    Okay, TJ says he will participate in the trainings but what will he do when the season starts? We made a huge pickup in the draft in the third round and I say let’s move on! TJ’s not the franchise and the team does need to focus on keeping Leon. I believe we still need to sign our number five pick so let’s get with the program. TJ needs to focus on football and not the paycheck!

  24. By N-Ra, Georgia's Jet Fan on May 26, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t see Joe Namath! Joe should of been there. He can show MS to not look so OVERRATED!

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